Dad Arrested for Driving Drunk With 4 Kids Strapped to the Hood of His Car (VIDEO)

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Aaron Stefanski and Jessica ClarkJust when you think it can't get worse than grandparents tying their granddaughter's toy car to the back of their SUV with a dog leash and taking her for a spin, Aaron Stefanski and Jessica Clark may have bested them when it comes to outrageous joyrides with kids. And by bested, I mean they've done something even more horrifically unthinkable and dangerous.

The adventure started, not so surprisingly, at a liquor store yesterday -- Belmont Beverage in Fort Wayne, Ind. Witnesses say they saw the car leave the parking lot with four children (ages 4-7), not just not secured in car seats (which would be bad enough), but instead strapped to the hood of the car.

Then the car took off down the road.

Witness Tom Nowak told station INC: "With one of those straps you crank on a semi to hold down lumber, they were strapped with that thing, wiggling and wobbling down the street."

I'm stunned; seriously stunned. The kids, of course, were all for it, and told the station that Stefanski (the father of three of the children) and Clark (who is mother of the fourth child) asked them if they wanted to do it, and they said, "yes, because it sounded like fun.”

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Why these parents thought it would be fun or a good idea is anyone's guess. I'm sure the alcohol didn't help, but wow. The things that could have happened to these children are unimaginable.

Fortunately they're fine as plenty of witnesses saw it happening (how could you miss such a spectacle?) and called the police before anyone got hurt. A U.S. Marshall pulled them over after a few blocks, and Stefanski was arrested. He's been charged with Operating While Intoxicated and Neglect of a Dependent, which doesn't sound nearly severe enough for something that could have killed four children.

Clark almost got away, but the witnesses apparently wouldn't let her. "Everyone said, ‘No! She watched it all, sat in the passenger seat and let it all happen. Take her too!’ So they called her back and handcuffed her,” Nowak said. She was later taken to the police station for questioning, and she should be punished just as harshly as Stefanski was if she did nothing to stop him.

The whole thing just makes my head swim and brings me to that poignant quote from the movie Parenthood: "You need a license to drive, a license to fish, heck, you even need a license for your dog. But any [idiot] can be a parent." Maybe we need to start rethinking it.

Can you believe this couple would take their kids for a joyride in this manner? Do stories like these even surprise you anymore?



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navyw... navywife0204

some people shouldn't have kids...

nonmember avatar NavyWife

On behalf of the state of Indiana (I'm from IN), I apologize for their stupidity. Then again, every negative incident involving children makes me ashamed to be from IN.

femal... femaleMIKE

She looks mentally disturbed.  Take the kids away.

the4m... the4mutts

Insanity! They need to be locked up.

nonmember avatar alicia

What kind of idiots are these people. They better not ever let them have the kids back. Some people just amaze me with their stupidity

Brianne Brown

I hope they both go to prison and never get their kids back. So their excuse is because their kids wanted to do it, well hell if that was the case my son would be driving tractors, dump trucks, and racecars at 3 years old. Sounds like a plan right??!!

Lynette Kay Akins

I was appauled as well. I saw it on the news yesterday because I live just outside of the city.

Danielle Miller White

I've often believed that stupid people should not procreate. I heartily agree that there should be a licence requirment to have children. Funny, if you're too stupid or just generally unfit to be a parent, the foster parents they will go to are required to have a licence. 

Connie Flood

and sterilize them both...QUICK.

nonmember avatar Della

You know just a couple decades ago this was normal behavior and all you helicopter parents can blast me but hell, we used to jump off our roof into various piles of things we road on the roof of our car. Hell we even climbed trees. Should they have been drunk? Hell no. That sort of thing should be left to when you are off the beaten path like on a dirt road. We always did it when we went to the lake or even just out driving around on back roads. And we are all (there is four of us) none the worse for wear. I would rather drive around on the hood of a car then sit in front of a computer and become addicted to technology. Why is anything we did 20-30 years ago so wrong today?

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