A 44-year-old man is facing charges after he allegedly drank alcohol, allowed an 11-year-old sit in his lap to drive him home, then crashed his truck.
Issac John Zortman is charged with driving under the influence and child neglect in connection with the incident, James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams said.
Police were called to Foxcroft Road around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30 for a vehicle crash. A gray Dodge truck had crashed into a ditch on the side of the road with two passengers, Williams said.
Zortman told police that he had allowed his 11-year-old relative to sit in his lap and operate the vehicle after they left another location in the neighborhood, Williams said.
The truck crashed while the 11-year-old, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was driving, Williams said.
Police transported the 11-year-old to a hospital due to neck pain, and he was later released. Police contacted his mother.
Zortman is scheduled to appear in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on the driving under the influence charge at 2 p.m. Jan. 9.