DA: Drunken father is “menace to society”


HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A menace to society.

That is how Wayne County prosecutors describe a father who was sentenced Thursday morning on child endangerment and DUI charges.

In July, Sean Hannon was convicted on multiple felony counts for letting an 11 year old girl drive his truck while he was drunk.

State police believe the young girl started driving in the area of Route 435 in Covington Township, Lackawanna County.

Investigators believe she was behind the wheel for roughly ten miles, crossing into Wayne County, before going off the road and hitting a tree.

Sean Hannon hid his face while leaving court in an orange prison jumpsuit.

He’ll be wearing that type of clothing for the next seven to 15 years.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Hannon said when Eyewitness News asked him why he would let the young girl behind the wheel.

State police say Hannon, 49, let the 11 year old drive his truck last November.

Hannon was in the passenger seat drunk, nearly three times the legal limit.

The underage girl was reportedly all over the road, running stop signs and even forcing another car off the road into a ditch.

“It’s one of the wildest things I’ve ever seen, allowing this little girl and when you say she’s 11 years old, she doesn’t look 11. She looks like about eight or nine,” Wayne County District Attorney Pat Robinson said.

The ride came to an end at the intersection of Route 690 and Neville Road in Salem Township, Wayne County, when the girl drove into a pine tree.

Little did she know a good samaritan saw her and stopped his vehicle.

Right after the young girl went off the road into a clump of trees, she got out of the truck and intially took off.

That is when state police believe Hannon himself tried to get behind the wheel and leave the scene but the good samaritan ran up to the truck and actually pulled the keys out of the ignition.

Hannon is no stranger to the law.

He has 16 prior arrests and this case resulted in his third DUI conviction.

That is why Wayne County DA Pat Robinson called him a “menace to society.”

“I very seldom use that phrase but he richly deserved that denomination because he just was out of control!” Robinson said.

Besides Hannon and the young girl, there was also another eight year old boy in the truck for the wild ride last year.

The good news is that nobody was hurt.

Sean Hannon had his license suspended because of a prior DUI when he let the young girl drive.

He was also out on state parole at the time.

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