August 28, 2014

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Police: Drunken dad let 12-year-old drive

ELYRIA — When a 12-year-old boy driving with his father in the passenger’s seat was pulled over around 8:30 p.m. Monday, police said Scott Staron said he was “too drunk to drive.”
Staron’s next ride was in the back of a police cruiser.

Staron, 37, of the 100 block of Spruce Street was arrested and charged with endangering children and disorderly conduct by intoxication.

Officer Patrick Jama wrote in a report that he pulled over a green Chevrolet near Spruce Street and Woodland Avenue. The stop was in response to calls from area residents that someone was driving recklessly. Staron smelled of alcohol, Jama wrote.

When Jama asked Staron why he let his child drive, Staron admitted that he was drunk and he needed work tools that were “down the next street.”

Police contacted Lorain County Children Services on Tuesday to look into the welfare of the 12-year-old.

Staron has a history of dangerous driving. He has convictions for drunken driving, reckless driving and speeding.
Staron pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Elyria Municipal Court and is free on a $1,230 bond. He is due back in court Sept. 9.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.