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September 24, 2012
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Drunk dad accused of letting 13-year-old drive

A 41-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man who reportedly had his 13-year-old son drive him home because he was too drunk has been charged with child endangerment.

Matthew Al McCann was jailed on $26,272 bail.

He was arrested at 11 p.m. Sunday after a Douglas County sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop because the license plate light wasn't functioning on his vehicle.

The deputy followed the car from Long Valley Road to James Road, and watched the driver turn wide and into the oncoming lane. The car crossed over the solid yellow line.

The deputy stopped the car on James Road east of Kimmerling, and noticed the 13-year-old driver.

McCann, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, told the deputy he and his 13-year-old son were practicing driving.

He told the deputy he'd had several drinks at a friend's house and had his son drive him home.

A records check confirmed a misdemeanor warrant for McCann out of Yerington Municipal Court.

The deputy took him into custody on allegations of child endangerment, allowing a minor to drive without a license, and the outside warrant.

A preliminary breath test at Douglas County Jail indicated McCann's alcohol content at .245, more than three times the legal limit of .08.

The child was turned over to the custody of his mother.

McCann is to appear Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court with his lawyer Derrick Lopez.

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The Record Courier Updated Sep 25, 2012 11:05AM Published Sep 24, 2012 06:42PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.