Late last month in the community of St. Simons, Georgia, a 9-year-old girl and her younger sister were taken by their drunken father on an extensive and reckless driving spree across the state.
The older daughter called 911 during the ordeal, telling the police dispatcher that her “drunk” father was driving dangerously and that she feared for her safety and the safety of her sister.
A segment of the twenty-minute phone call from the girl to authorities can be read below:
“Hello, is this 911? … The only person that’s here is my dad and he’s drunk … Help me, please! Help me! I don’t know where we’re going. He’s driving really fast … I think I’m going to get into a wreck. I don’t know where I am right now … Daddy, stop the friggin’ car! Stop the car. Pull over somewhere!”
The father, Wesley Charles Burgner, 36, attempted to drive his daughters home from Atlanta while highly intoxicated.
Police were able to intercept Burgner at the girls’ grandparents’ home, where they found the girls unharmed.
“Wesley had slurred, slowed speech, had trouble standing, had trouble formulating sentences, stumbled when he walked and smelled of an alcoholic beverage,” the police report said. “Wesley admitted he had been driving.”
Burgner was arrested at the scene and will face charges of endangering the welfare of a child by driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as with a suspended license.
The heart-wrenching phone call to 911 can be heard below:
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