http://www.journalgazette.net/articl...969/1002/LOCALPolice have charged a man accused of driving three blocks with four young children strapped to the hood of his vehicle with driving while intoxicated and neglect of a dependent.
Fort Wayne police were called about 5:30 p.m. Monday after someone saw a man and woman strap four children to the hood of a car in the parking lot of a liquor store at 2116 Fairfield Ave. and then drive away, according to a statement from police spokesman John Chambers.
A U.S. marshal saw the vehicle driving on Fairfield Avenue with the children strapped to it, the statement said. The marshal stopped the car in the 400 block of Poplar Street – 0.2 miles or about three blocks away, the statement said.
The children were 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old, and they were not injured.
Police spokeswoman Raquel Foster issued a statement Tuesday morning that said Aaron S. Stefanski, 29, of Fort Wayne, faces felony neglect charges and three counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and that Jessica A. Clark, 29, of Fort Wayne, also faces a felony neglect charge or charges.
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31026982/detail.htmlWitnesses called 911 Monday night after they spotted a man and woman pull out of a liquor store parking lot with four children tied down with tow straps.
"They were strapped down 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," said witness Tom Nowak.
The children -- 4, 5, 6 and 7 years old -- told WPTA-TV that the adults asked if they wanted to ride on the hood of the car and they thought it would be fun.
Aaron S. Stefanski, 29, who is the father of three of the children, was arrested on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Witnesses said he told police, "It was only 20 feet," and acted as if it were a joke.
Jessica A. Clark, 29, who is the mother of one of the children, was arrested on a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent.
The ex-wife of the man who was driving the car came to the scene. She told WPTA that she was "livid and in shock" and that she would be asking for full custody.