Drunk dad made 13-year-old son drive, authorities say

A Maryland father made his 13-year-old son drive his vehicle because he was drunk, Frederick County authorities said.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office arrested Michael McLaughlin, 44, on charges including child neglect.

Authorities received a call about an intoxicated man leaving a business with a juvenile on Friday night. They spotted a car that officers had been looking for and initiated a traffic stop. McLaughlin's son was behind the wheel.

Through the investigation, authorities determined McLaughlin made his son drive the vehicle because he was unable to himself.

McLaughlin was taken to the hospital for treatment before going to jail. The 13-year-old boy is back with his mother.
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