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Apex man charged after letting 12-year-old son drive car

Posted June 19, 2014

Michael Allen Grady

— An Apex man faces a misdemeanor child abuse charge after police say he allowed his 12-year-old son to drive a car.

The child, Apex Police Capt. Ann Stephens said Thursday that the child got nervous, hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and drove through a neighbor’s yard Tuesday night, hitting a car in the driveway.

There was about $9,000 in damage to the vehicle.

Police charged Michael Allen Grady, 40, of 502 Homestead Park Drive, after determining he was impaired while supervising the boy, Stephens said. Grady was in the vehicle with him at the time.


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  • landonsgrampa Jun 20, 2014

    I learned to drive my dad's old Jeep when I was 12. Now he wasn't drinking and we were in the middle of a cow pasture. I had to learn the truck, before he would allow me to drive a tractor. All in all, not the worst thing a 12 y/o could be doing, but just not with daddy drinking.

  • Todd Jenkins Jun 20, 2014
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    LOL. The man was brilliant. Avoided a DWI and possible accident and who knows what else. My prediction is a suspended sentence or probation. A lot of do about nothing.

  • didisaythat Jun 20, 2014

    These comments are funny. The dad was allowing his son to break the law and was drunk at the time. That is Misdemeanor child abuse all day long. Sorry

  • Mannin Black Jun 20, 2014
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    It is news because because it is not OK to let your 12 year old drive and destroy other people's property, drunk or not! I'm not totally against letting a 12-year-old drive. But do so when you have not been drinking and in an environment where damage to personal property will not happen, like a quiet back country road, or empty parking lot. Not your neighbors yard.

  • buford Jun 20, 2014

    Oh I know this guy, he works at Kroger. Super nice and courteous. I agree with you T-man, why is this news.

  • Joseph Smith Jun 20, 2014
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    You're short on facts. The story on the news showed pictures of the short distance the car went. Private property in the front yard. He was accused of having a drink or two not being drunk.
    As I said all blown out of proportion.

  • PackCityyyyy Jun 20, 2014

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    yeah since everyone gets hammered and teaches there kids to drive... nothing wrong with that at all..... smh

  • Keith Bonham Jun 20, 2014
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    Letting your son drive at 12(like apparently many of our parents did) = Child Abuse

    Roanoke Rapids PD walks into a house and stunguns a 15 yr old autistic boy = great police work

  • Mannin Black Jun 20, 2014
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    Sure. Don't give me any hassle when I decide to drink and let my little boy drive and destroy your property. I have insurance. It should be a crime to be reckless, destroy other peoples property as long as there is insurance.

  • Joseph Smith Jun 20, 2014
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    Much ado about nothing. Now he has to shell out for an attorney and deal with all that expense.