27-year-old Cory Mathias made a sound decision â€“ he decided he shouldnâ€™t get behind the wheel when he suddenly had a hankering for some BBQ sauce to go with his chicken dinner. That was just about the end of any sound mind heâ€™d had.
He asked his neighborâ€™s 9-year-old son, whoâ€™d already been invited over for the dinner, to do the driving to the Pit Stop store in Tiffin, Ohio.
When the two were leaving the store, Coryâ€™s soundness tried to reemerge, but had a debacle: get behind the wheel hammered…or have a 9-year-old do it again? He chose the latter. That being said, the clerks at the store werenâ€™t going to let that happen. They stopped him from letting the boy climb back into the driverâ€™s seat.
So, he got behind the wheel himself and drove off. He was pulled over a short time later and arrested after blowing a .30 blood-alcohol reading â€“ nearly four times the legal limit.
Mathias, whose license was suspended in 2014 for â€˜continued drinking,â€™ and who was found lying partially nude on a lawn in 2013, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
The boy’s parents hadn’t known of Mr. Mathias’ impairment.