Drunk Dad Free on Bond
STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ A 10-year-old boy was recovering at his mother’s home Friday from cuts and bruises suffered in a car accident after he called 911 and said he wanted to jump from the vehicle because his father was driving too fast and under the influence of something.
The father, Owen Gilman, 49, of Warwick, R.I. was free on $250,000 bond after being arraigned Thursday on charges including driving under the influence and assault with a motor vehicle.
A call to a phone number listed for him went unanswered Friday morning.
Police said Gilman crashed into a Jeep Cherokee driven by 23-year-old Michael Pernick of Marston Mills, Mass., on Interstate 95 in Stonington on Wednesday night. Mills was hospitalized in fair condition.
The boy had called 911 shortly before the accident, telling police in Rhode Island that he was considering jumping from the Mercedes Benz, because “he considered this a better option than crashing at the speeds they were traveling,” according to a police report.
Police said they arrested Gilman when he failed a field sobriety test at the accident scene. They also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view inside his car, according to the arrest report.
He was charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure to drive at a reasonable distance, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and two counts each of risk of injury to a minor and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle.
Gilman’s ex-wife, Jacqueline Gilman, told The Day of New London that the boy and his 12-year-old sister both suffered bruises in the accident, and the 10-year old suffered a gash to his head.
“The kids are home and they are doing good, considering,” she told the newspaper.
She declined to comment on her former husband’s behavior.
Will Jenkins of Groton told The Day that he was came upon the scene shortly after the accident and applied pressure to the boy’s head wound.
“The dad told me that they were coming from a Red Sox game and that they were heading home,” Jenkins told the newspaper. “I said to him, `Where’s home?’ and he said it was in Warwick. I told him, `Buddy, you’re going the wrong way.’ He asked me for a cigarette. He was acting strange.”