A father-of-three and mother-of-one were arrested in Fort Wayne, Indiana, after driving from a liquor store with their children on top of the car.
Fort Wayne Police received an emergency call at 5:30 local time reporting that a male and a female had tied four small children to the hood with a tow strap and were driving from a shop called Belmont Beverage.
The children, aged four, five, six and seven appeared unharmed and were quoted in local paper Indiana’s News Center Now saying they had said yes to riding on the roof because ‘it sounded like fun’.
The man has been arrested for operating while intoxicated and the woman was taken into police custody for questioning.
INC Now also reported witnesses saying that after the irresponsible couple were pulled over, the woman began to leave and disposed of a cup she had in her hand.
‘Everyone said, “No! She watched it all, sat in the passenger seat and let it all happen. Take her too!” So they called her back and handcuffed her,’ a witness told a reporter.
Child Protective Services were also called to the scene and are currently investigating possible child neglect.
The man’s former partner and mother of his three children, named only as Sarah, said she was ‘livid and in shock’ and that the children would no longer get to see their dad.
‘If I knew their father was going to do this I never would’ve let them go with him.’