Father, 23, Arrested For Letting Daughter, 9, Drive Car (Which She Slammed Straight Into A Tree)

A 23-year-old Ohio man is facing a child endangerment charge after allegedly allowing his nine-year-old daughter to drive the family car, a 1998 Honda that the child lost control of after “achieving excessive speed” and drove into a tree.

Jaron McGee was riding shotgun while his child was tooling around last night in the parking lot of Headlands State Park, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

“However the child lost control of the car after achieving excessive speed, and drove directly into the large tree,” investigators reported. Before deputies arrived, the girl was driven from the scene of the accident by family members, who said she was not injured in the crash. Despite that assurance, investigators were checking on the girl’s welfare.

Seen in the above mug shot, McGee was booked into the county jail on a pair of misdemeanor counts. A check also revealed that McGee, who was also not injured in the accident, has outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants in other jurisdictions.