LCSO: Drunk dad arrested for having kid, 14, drive

Posted at 10:10 PM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 23:50:12-04

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a father for allowing his 14-year-old son to drive as deputies say he sat intoxicated in the passenger seat.

Richard Timmons, 54, was arrested early Monday morning on Fort Myers Beach.

His arrest report says a white Ford Explorer was at the intersection of San Carlos Boulevard and Siesta Drive when deputies saw it swerving in and out of the lanes. When they pulled the car over, they found a 14-year-old boy behind the wheel.

Deputies said Timmons was slumped over in the passenger seat. He was slurring his speech and had watery, bloodshot eyes, according to the report. Deputies say he told them the boy was his son. Rob Thomas lives near the intersection and saw the traffic stop.

“Sad. It’s really, it’s disturbing. Extremely disturbing,” Thomas said.

When Timmons opened the passenger door, deputies say they found an open bottle of whiskey and a bag of synthetic marijuana covered in saliva. The report says Timmons admitted to being drunk, trying to eat the synthetic pot, and allowing his son to drive.

“To put your kid in jeopardy like that, it's really pathetic,” Thomas said.

People living near Timmons’ Labelle home said he’s well-known in the neighborhood. He’s a mechanic who helps them out with their car troubles.

“He’s a real nice guy. He’s my neighbor, and he helps around here with whatever we may need,” a neighbor said.

She said she’s surprised by Timmons’ arrest.

“Bad decision on his part, but I think he wanted to come home so he had his son drive him,” the neighbor said.

Timmons wasn’t home when Four in Your Corner’s Lisa Greenberg stopped by.

His arrest report says DCF was notified of the situation.