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Aberdeen man accused of drunken driving with four kids

Posted April 26, 2011

— Aberdeen police have charged a man with felony child abuse after he crashed his sports utility vehicle with five children inside and then registered three times the legal limit for drinking and driving.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Stacy Ray Whisenand, 32, of Aberdeen also faces charges of driving while impaired, driving while his license was revoked, reckless driving and seat belt violation in a weekend wreck.

Deputy Police Chief Jim Foster says Whisenand lost control of his SUV while traveling about 35 miles per hour. The vehicle rolled onto its side.

The children – ages 15, 13, 12, 12 and 8 – were not hurt. Foster said he wasn't sure which of the children were Whisenand's.

Foster says Whisenand's blood-alcohol level registered 0.25 percent. Drivers in North Carolina are considered intoxicated if they have a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer


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  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 26, 2011

    GS - "hard core alcoholics who drink heavily day in, day out, usually have a bac that's above the legal limit on a constant basis"


    And one can be a heavy drinker without being an actual alcoholic, though it's often hard to tell the difference between the two.

    A heavy drinker can do without alcohol for periods of time, sometimes long periods.

    An alcoholic simply cannot without suffering the DTs.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Apr 26, 2011

    Remove the children from him and never let him be alone with them again ever.

    If he gave a dang about them to begin with, he wouldn't have done this.

  • LocalYokel Apr 26, 2011

    You don't have to be drunk to be a bad driver. Bad drivers com in all forms and endanger the lives of our children.

    Was this woman drunk? http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/9488489/

  • Shelley Cooper Apr 26, 2011

    hard core alcoholics who drink heavily day in, day out, usually have a bac that's above the legal limit on a constant basis

  • nanasix Apr 26, 2011

    Jail time is too good for him. Why don't our Leg's pass laws that would take (confiscate) the vehicle of any individual caught driving on a revoked licensed. Maybe this would entice them to stay off the roads, the least they could do is have DMV cancel any tags for any vehicles they own for the term of their revokation. I'm just thankful none of the children were hurt, it could have ended so differently. WHERE WAS THE MOTHER? Hopefully, Child protective services will step in and take action. He needs to do some hard prison time.

  • mad_dash Apr 26, 2011

    norainonmyparade.. thanks for the English lesson (for real).. I had really never even thought about that! : ) .. will remember that from now on!

  • SaltlifeLady Apr 26, 2011

    He should lose custody of his kids for this! I wonder if he forced them into the car somehow, because the 15 year-old, and maybe even the 13-year-old should have had enough sense to not get into the car with him. Glad they are all ok, hope he goes to jail!

  • norainonmyparade Apr 26, 2011

    mad_dash.... I agree with you, except, I COULDN'T care less about him. "could care less" means that you DO care, and that it's possible to care less than you do. Couldn't care less means you don't care at all and it's impossible to care any less than you currently do. A lot of people get those phrases mixed up, so I thought I'd clarify.

  • what_in_the____ Apr 26, 2011

    Wow.. I don't understand how someone could begin to think that it's ok to drive in this condition with or without kids in the vehicle. I'm glad the kids weren't hurt. I'd have to agree with gingerlynn.

  • Stand-In-The-Door Apr 26, 2011

    Alcohol really does destroy brain cells. What was this so-called adult thinking? Or was he thinking?