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Drunk Florida Grandparents Tow Granddaughter Behind SUV in a Plastic Hot Wheels Car

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Two Sarasota grandparents found themselves behind bars after hitching their 7-year-old granddaughter's plastic Hot Wheels car to the back of their SUV and taking her for a ride. We could totally understand how, to a 7-year-old, this would seem like an awesome idea. But two adults probably should have known better -- and they definitely shouldn't have been drinking while pulling off the stunt.

Paul J. Berloni, 49, and Belinda Jean Berloni, 47, were watching their granddaughter for the day when they decided to latch two dog leashes and tie one end onto the trailer hitch of the SUV and the other to the toy car. Paul was driving the SUV, Belinda was in the back of the cargo area cheering the girl on, and their little granddaughter was in the toy car wearing a swimsuit, not protective gear. The SUV was driving 5 to 10 mph.

According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, someone saw the incident and called the police. After officers arrived, Paul admitted he had been drinking and that his driver's license was suspended. He has three previous DUIs.

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Belinda and Paul Berloni
Belinda admitted she had also been drinking and "that she understood that it was dangerous to drag a child behind the vehicle, but stated they were just having fun and had been doing this all day," according to the arrest report.

The girl's father, Belinda's son, arrived and was upset with his mom.

Belinda was charged with child endangerment, as was Paul, who was also charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license.

[H/T to Random Pixels]

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mboroki
mboroki

I think the parents did it wrong for leaving their kid with drunken grandparents. If they were not drunk and were using a trailer hitch instead of dog leashes, that would have been a different story. Think I would allow this because its fun being hit by the wind and you are assured their won't be a case of the leashes cutting in two

Caleb Fuller
Caleb Fuller

Those little cars have a pretty wide wheel base given how much weight they carry, and if they were going 5 to 10 mp , the driver wasn't actually hitting the gas, just letting it roll forward in drive - to put it in simpler terms, the child was moving as fast as you walk or jog - I'd say this was unwise, but I'm  not really convinced it was all that terribly dangerous.  Kids don't wear helmets in  running strollers, but they're not moving any faster or slower than the grandparent's car had been. Sorry folks, but this is a biased report. The man responded that he had been drinking - the article makes no mention of him having exceeded the legal limit, but reports it in such a way as to bias the reader against the old man, mentioning previous DUI's. This isn't bad parenting - it sounds more like cool grandparenting to me...but seriously, I wouldn't even have thought to do this with my kid. lol

Aquariazz1
Aquariazz1

Exacyly why did they have to pull it, usually toy cars like that run on a battery??? Were they that drunk?

Buddyluvs2000
Buddyluvs2000

under 50 looking in their 60s? Police need to look into other types of abuses to this child and all other children exposed to the parents and grandparents.

Guest
Guest

Why are the police interfering with natural selection?

Badtastic
Badtastic

My dad did this for me in Alaska with a sled tied to the trailor hitch. He wasn't drunk. It was fun. It's one of my favorite memories. He said "when I brake, catch the bumper"

Hidden
Hidden

I'm pretty sure if you're the parent of this child, you know your parents are drunks. So why would you leave your child with them?

Floyd Dehanne
Floyd Dehanne

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA hold on to yer butt there sweetie, ya want gramps to go a little faster? Yeeehawwwww

Bomb1200
Bomb1200

Yeeeeehaaw!! Baby, do you wanna go faster??

YEEEEEEE HAWWWWW!!!!

Joe
Joe

 because it's not themselves they're going to kill.

John_Willow
John_Willow

You're sure you didn't hit your head on that bumper ?? Has it been examined?

Anon
Anon

 Because you were raised by them and your judgement has been skewed by their lackluster parenting skills.

Kendra
Kendra

That is EXACTLY what I was thinking!!!!

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

Tends to happen when one is drunk...

Badtastic
Badtastic

It was chin level, the worst I got was a chipped tooth.

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