(MILTON, Ga.) — A Georgia father was arrested last weekend after he allegedly had his unlicensed daughter drive his SUV home from a concert because he was too drunk to drive, according to police.
Police told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta that Jason Phipps, 43, and his family attended a concert at a North Georgia amphitheater on Saturday, but when they left, officers received a report that several witnesses saw the family’s SUV hit another vehicle and leave the area.
“I believe they got tag number in the incident so we had an idea of where the car was going, which was in Milton,” Capt. Shawn McCarty of the Milton, Georgia Police Department told WSB-TV.
McCarty said Phipps’ 15-year-old daughter was behind the wheel at the time with just a learner’s permit. After his daughter dropped off a friend, McCarty told WSB-TV that Phipps started driving again.
Dash cam video released on Wednesday by Milton Police shows officers eventually pulling over the 43-year-old in his driveway.
Phipps is now charged with DUI and Child Endangerment in Milton, Georgia, and cited in nearby Alpharetta for allowing his daughter to drive as well as urging her to leave the scene of an accident, WSB-TV reports.
“I know that it’s not the easiest situation sometimes to have to come back and pick up a car, but that’s much easier than putting someone at risk or yourself at risk, or letting someone who’s not authorized to drive operate a vehicle,” McCarty told WSB-TV.
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