Frightened 12-Year-Old Boy Calls 911 As His Father Allegedly Drives Drunk With Him In Car
A frightened 12-year-old boy called 911 after his father took him without notice and allegedly tried driving drunk from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, a 4-hour drive.
The incident happened back in October. The CHP dispatcher center in L.A. received a call from 12-year-old Ayden. His father picked him up from a birthday party but didn't tell anyone he took the boy. The father initially told Ayden they were going to the park. Ayden believed that his father was drunk and decided to call 911 for help.
The boy is heard frantically telling dispatchers, "I need help. My dad is trying to take me to Vegas. He's acting weird."
Ayden is heard in the 911 call telling the dispatcher his dad was driving a Toyota Camry with, "Raider plates on the front and in the back." He tried giving them a license plate number, but it was missing a letter, making it difficult for dispatchers to locate the car.
Recalling the incident, dispatcher April Gingras said, "Everything was kind of hectic. We're trying to get officers in position. We're trying to get the information to everybody."
At one point during the search, the call was disconnected, but Ayden was able to call back again. Dispatchers were on the phone with Ayden for over an hour.
As police cars were still searching for the Raider's plates, dispatchers asked Ayden to stick his hand out the window and wave.
The car was spotted and Ayden's father pulled over in the area of Baseline Road off the 15 Freeway. The dad was wearing a Las Vegas Raiders football helmet at the time, authorities say.
Authorities were able to rescue the boy and return him safely back to his home.
"We did a great thing," dispatcher Laurie Watson said. "And we're just happy."
The boy's father was arrested and faces charges that include DUI and child abuse.