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Police: Drunk man lets 11-year-old drive, crash truck

A man is facing charges after he allegedly let an 11-year-old drive his truck because he had been drinking. (Courtesy photo/Google Maps)
A man is facing charges after he allegedly let an 11-year-old drive his truck because he had been drinking. (Courtesy photo/Google Maps)

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.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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