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Aberdeen man accused of drunken driving with four kids

Posted April 26, 2011 6:34 a.m. EDT
Updated April 26, 2011 10:48 a.m. EDT

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that Stacy Ray Whisenand, 32, of Aberdeen also faces charges of driving while impaired, driving while his license was revoked, reckless driving and seat belt violation in a weekend wreck.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

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer