Kids Text 911 To Report Drunk-Driving Dad

April 15, 2016, 6:53 pm EST | Share:
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Two children in Nebraska are sharing their experience driving with their father while he was allegedly drunk at the wheel.

The kids were fast thinking and began texting 911 for help.

“When a car passed, you could hear how close it was, you could hear the metal,” said 12-year-old Ethan Behrens.

These two kids were frightened, heading to Colorado for vacation with their dad behind the wheel.

“We told him we don’t want to go anymore because you are drunk, and I don’t want to die,” said 14-year-old Mackenzie Behrens.

Ethan and Mackenzie say this wasn’t the first time.

“I think this last time they were scared enough that they had no other choice,” said Amy Brooks, the kids’ mother.

“I said the next time he swerves, I’m sending it.” Ethan was referring to a text he was prepared to send to 911, asking for help.

“and then he swerved again so I pressed send,” Mackenzie said.

Sending Kearney Police on a hunt to find the rental car the family was in, before they would embark on to the interstate.

“I was like, I could drive better than this,” Mackenzie said. “…and then he was like, ‘fine I’ll pull over and you can drive.’ I said, I’m not legal or I would.”

The kids describe almost hitting another car head on. They continued to beg him to pull over.

“He’s like, ‘I’m not drunk…’ and then just kept on driving. That is when I got to the point where I got really, really scared and I just started praying a lot,” said Ethan.

The kids say it was their idea to stop at Burger King and get something to eat. That is when the cops caught up with them.

“He looked back at us and he said ‘you’ve been texting the cops?’ and I’m like, yeah, I thought I was going to die.”

“I was very angry, but it was kind of a bitter-sweet moment, the better part is that they are safe now, that I came and picked them up,” Brooks said. “The other part, that people will finally know and maybe listen to me.”

That day Jason Behrens’ blew nearly three times the legal limit. This kids say if they could go back they would do the same.”

“He’s our parent, our other parent. It was hard, but he just pushed us to the point that we had to,” said Ethan.

Now the kids want to send to the officers. “I just want to thank them. Because they really, really saved our lives.”

For now, the children are in the care of their mother.

“I’ll forever keep them safe,” she said.

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