ELYRIA — A city man who let his 12-year-old son drive his car because he was “too drunk to drive” pleaded no contest Thursday to attempted child endangering.
An additional charge of disorderly conduct while intoxicated against Scott Staron, 37, was dropped in exchange for his plea, according to Elyria Municipal Court records.
Staron’s car was pulled over near Spruce Street and Woodland Avenue on July 29 by Elyria police after area residents called to report someone driving recklessly.
Staron told police he needed to get work tools that were “down the next street” and admitted he was drunk, according to a police report of the incident.
Staron’s attorney, Paul St. Marie, said his client allowed the child to drive because the boy asked to do so. He said the 12-year-old had only driven by a couple of houses before he was stopped.
St. Marie said Staron already has completed an alcohol assessment and Lorain County Children Services has closed an investigation into his parenting ability. The son remains with his father, St. Marie said.
Staron was fined $250 and given a suspended jail sentence.