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Child Calls 911 On Father For Driving Drunk Moments Before CrashSTONINGTON, CT - A 10-year-old boy in the backseat of his father’s car called 911 to report his dad was driving drunk moments before his father crashed.

Rhode Island State Police received a 911 call from the boy who said he and his 12-year-old sister were passengers in a Mercedes driven by their father, Owen Gilman. The boy said he was in fear for his life because his old man was drunk and driving erratically.

The boy told them he was so scared that he was contemplating jumping from the moving vehicle because that would be better than crashing at the speeds his father was currently driving. The boy didn’t have time to test his theory, because moments later his father rear-ended a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Gilman hit the Jeep so hard that he sent it 50 feet off the shoulder of the interstate and down an embankment where it overturned. The driver of the Jeep was taken to the hospital to be treated for blunt force trauma and lacerations and was last listed in fair condition. The 10-year-old boy and his sister were also taken to the hospital for lacerations they received.

Of course the only person not injured in the accident was the drunk. However, Gilman was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. Police also found a large amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Gilman’s car.

He’s been charged with reckless driving, operating under the influence, failure to drive at a reasonable distance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, risk of injury to a minor and assault with a motor vehicle.

The 49-year-old is free today after his mommy and daddy posted his $250,000 bond. According to Gilman’s ex-wife, the boy and his sister were “doing good, considering.

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  • SillyCynic

    Fuggin asshat. Should be getting 3 attempted murder charges as well. You know damn well he’s going to do it again the first chance he gets.

    GRRR!!!! I hate drunk drivers.

  • https://www.facebook.com/special.kali Kelly Eklectusbird

    Great job, dad. Fantastic role model *eyeroll*

  • https://www.facebook.com/special.kali Kelly Eklectusbird

    Great job, dad. Fantastic role model *eyeroll*

  • http://oddlyunfocused.blogspot.com/ Eccentric_Lady

    Kudos to the kid being smart to call the cops on his POS father. He was lookin’ out for his sister as well as himself.

  • https://www.facebook.com/catz24 Cathy Smith

    attempted murder charges sounds good for this POS

  • http://twitter.com/Nurse_Sparks_ Marissa Sparks

    bet they bought the damn Mercedes too! Shitty parents still coddling him at 49 y/o, not surprised!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/KeepThemOnTheRadar Kara Conner

    Hello, divorce lawyer. omfg.

  • https://www.facebook.com/KeepThemOnTheRadar Kara Conner

    Sounds like someone in the kids’ lives did okay. The little boy at least values del preservation over his dumbass dad.

  • https://www.facebook.com/KeepThemOnTheRadar Kara Conner

    *self preservation

  • https://www.facebook.com/lisa.m.mann1 Lisa Marie Mann

    smart kid to call 911 on his dad

  • JohnQknowitall

    I know this guy has an addiction issue that needs to be addressed, but until it is his ass needs to be in jailed or monitored so he doesn’t jeopardize another human’s life while he irons out the shit in his.

  • JGo555

    Posting bail for almost killing your grandkids? Yes, he WILL DUI again and this time, he’ll kill.

  • Megan Stokes Abdin

    What’s that I hear? Mom is getting sole custody cause dad is a drunken douchebag??

  • https://www.facebook.com/nomoreroominhell Diane Carneiro Ferreira

    Thank goodness the boy and his sister survived. I was on the edge of my seat till I got to the part that they were doing ok.

  • https://www.facebook.com/TeresaVellucciBonlak Teresa Vellucci Bonlak

    Stupid parents for bonding out the big dope.

  • Parrot Toes

    How terrifying for those kids once they are forced to see their dad again. Only a terrified child would rat their parent out, especially at that age. But, dad will be sorry and promise to never do it again. Adults will accept it and children will be further stressed out by just being alone with him. Hopefully the day with never come where everyone needs to bury one or both of them and adults are shocked by dad’s broken promises.

    Idiot. He should just die and do those kids a favour.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Sounds like his parents are bigtime enablers. If I drove drunk, especially with my babies in the car, NO ONE in my family would bail me out. They would probably visit the jail to bitchslap the stupid out of me, though.

  • WidowedMomof3

    That’s what I was thinking, my parents would take my kids (their father is deceased) and leave my ass there to rot in jail.

  • tkaz

    You know – the drunks are never hurt.
    DO you think there is something behind the idea of BELIEVING in something so much it comes true. Such as, believing you’re telling the truth during a polygraph or believing you’ll fight cancer.
    Drunks aren’t thinking about their own mortality. They sure they’ll be JUST fiiiiiine. Annd…it seems to be working.
    Not saying we should drive drunk. Just saying maybe the clue is if we believe in something enough….

  • t0ofIy

    Wonder how they determined he was selling drugs. maybe they found a scale and some baggies, who knows.

  • Neon_Gonorrhea

    Dumbass.

  • Chinchillazilla

    One reason drunks don’t get hurt as often as sober people is that they have such slow reaction times. Everyone else sees the impending crash and tenses up, which makes you more prone to injury. Meanwhile, the drunk is just flopping around like a ragdoll, and can take more of an impact without being hurt.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Curious… the writeup cites the actual charge as “illegal sale of a controlled substance” rather than “intent to distribute” – the latter being a common charge when you are caught in possession of illegal drugs above a certain threshold amount, were legally it’s assumed you must intend to sell it as it’s more than you would need for just yourself (of course, those limits are controversial themselves…)

  • newstarshipsmell

    It’s reassuring to know his parents have extra cash lying around, in case he can’t scrape together enough for a couple small coffins and a double-funeral.

  • Pyncky

    I hope he doesn’t beat the kid’s ass for the dialing 911.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Poor kiddo! It took a lot of courage to call the police on his dad. I’m glad he and his sister will be okay.

  • Jessica Stewart

    Hopefully the mother (ex-wife) will sue for sole custody and will never let them on unsupervised visitations. Although I agree, he should do the kids a favor and die.

  • Jessica Stewart

    Could be the kid mentioned something about the selling of drugs by his dumb ass sperm donor.

  • darsa

    Fucking ASSHOLE. >:(

  • mean birch

    I fucking HATE drunk drivers. Reckless idiots, his son had more sense than he did. He not only risked their lives but the lives of total strangers. poor kids on a terror ride. good job dad of the year.

    Hena Daniels. Pretty mouth.

  • mean birch

    you have good parents.

  • Texas Ranger

    And people say…drinking is a safe drug! Its harmless…bullshit.

  • SillyCynic

    Because I can’t find any 9-1-1 recording (yet) of the boy calling in, I’m wondering if that helped attribute to the guy wrecking. I’m sure it would’ve happened either way, but I can see ‘dad’ turning around to grab at the phone/take it away, or to (abusive image comes in my head) tell him to get off the phone, in the not-so-nicest-manner possible…as he slams into the back of a jeep.

    Who knows though, ‘dad’ may be as attention deficit of his children’s activity as he is of their safety…or his own driving. His parents aren’t helping the situation much either.

  • SillyCynic

    The video states something…which I find totally weird:

    “…they found a significant amount of marijuana, and drug items, right on the front seat…” ….how can it be on the front seat? In the front of the cab, maybe? But front seat? Did he have it buckled in?

    That’s weird to me. If you’ve never been in a car wreck, things aren’t were they were before the wreck…the hat I was wearing (as driver) ended up on the passenger floor, on the other side of my gf (at the times) legs…(I was rear ended slowing to a stop for a stop light…my car was sandwiched/totaled between an SUV behind me and the car in front of me, and my hood was crumpled into my windshield.)

  • SillyCynic

    His parents are just as bad as he is.

    “Now, the only people standing by Mr. Gilman today, were his parents.”

    My parents would’ve told me how shitty of a person I was, and would’ve left me there…they’d probably also throw in something about “disappointment…lucky kids aren’t hurt…lucky you didn’t kill the other driver….”

  • https://www.facebook.com/anosmia Jennifer Boyer

    This brings back memories of the Diane Schuler case, when her niece was on the cell phone in the back seat telling her dad “There’s something wrong with Aunt Diane.” So glad to hear both kids survived this wreck!

  • SillyCynic

    I agree with you, though I’m not for prohibition, I’m all for free choice decisions (as long as they only harm you, the user), but it’s obvious that what we’re doing with drunk drivers isn’t very effective. We need to change how we deal with them.

  • Texas Ranger

    The problem is…when your drunk/drinking ..MOST folks cant be trusted not to do something stupid or dangerous. Speaking from experience here. I chose alcohol over ” bad drugs”..major bad decision there. Didnt hurt anyone but myself thank God.

  • technicolorpachyderms

    Man, this would’ve been me as a kid if there had been cell phones. I feel for the little guy. Hope his dad can get it together.

  • Andrea Pizzuto

    I remember my mom avoiding “potholes” a lot when I was a kid.

  • technicolorpachyderms

    But that’s the issue–when you’ve been drinking you CAN’T count on your decision-making skills. Nothing may happen but that does not mean you were really fine to drive. Nothing can happen your whole life–until it does.

  • Texas Ranger

    Thats my point….but its a “safe” drug. In most peoples opinion

  • kimbev69

    Noone has mentioned he was also high

  • SillyCynic

    I enjoy the occasional beer with no problems.

    My hatred of drunk drivers is so deep that I won’t drink if I go out with people just because I’d rather be a DD and not really have ‘fun’ than allow a drunk to drive.

    It runs so deep…I won’t even drive until after I sleep it off, after 1 beer!

  • Jennerator

    What a piece of shit! And his parents need to get fucking slapped for enabling this fucktard!

  • IntelligentVirtue

    I don’t know why you got down votes. I was hoping the same thing. This mutherfucker better recognize the severity of his drinking problem when even his 10 year old kid knew to rat his ass out. Here’s hoping he doesn’t transfer blame on to his son

  • Texas Ranger

    You are a rare breed in the drinking world unfortunately

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Sale of illegal substances? Before, during, or after the crash? To the kids, the driver of the jeep, or the first responders? I am confused. Just when did he have the time to negotiate a drug deal? If he was drunk did he offer the drugs as a bribe? So many questions crested by this boob.

  • captaingrumpy

    He got “down Votes” because a lot of Stupid people cannot read properly.

  • http://truecrimereport.com iLLusionS

    So annoying that this guy can’t hold it together enough to pretend to be a functioning alcoholic! And his kid has more sense than he does. The kids must (hopefully) get it from their mamma.

  • takurospirit

    I think I’d still get beat. Though my dad used to drive drunk all the time. He wrecked a car he’d had all of one week after his weekly Friday night drink fest.

  • http://www.pamelahazelton.com Pamela Hazelton

    Revoke his parental rights…

  • http://www.pamelahazelton.com Pamela Hazelton

    This is why I love that our favorite bar offers free limo service from your home and back home.

  • techsupp0rt

    Hell, I hope he doesn’t get the opportunity to touch them in any case again.

  • Buffettgirl

    Shit – my family would stop by alright, to point and laugh and ask how smart I was feeling just then… we’re a compassionate bunch my family… :-)

  • Buffettgirl

    Little Guy = Hero.
    Dad = Zero…

  • Heisenberg

    This does a heart good though… maybe he’ll do some time in the Ward Cleaver block…. He’ll be providing the beaver for a few years

  • TheLadyDragon

    I hope the majority of the charges stick. What a fucking winner…

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