Police: Man Driving Drunk With 8-Year-Old On Lap

By Derrik Thomas - RTV6
By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Police: Man Driving Drunk With 8-Year-Old On Lap

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (RTV6) -- An Indianapolis man is free on a $10,000 bond this week after entering a preliminary plea of not guilty to four criminal counts, including drunk driving and child neglect.

The charges stem from a June 25 accident in which police say 43-year-old Gregory Grskovich crashed his 2007 BMW into a stone wall at the intersection of 64th Street and Washington Boulevard while an 8-year-old child sat on his lap. The child, who is legally blind, was belted in along with Grskovich, who was allowing the boy to operate the pedals of the vehicle, police say.

Police said Grskovich reported having four glasses of wine that night, and tests revealed he had a blood alcohol content of .17, more than double the legal limit.

Grskovich sustained two broken legs from the accident and is currently wheelchair bound. His 8-year-old passenger reportedly sustained lacerations to his head and leg, and has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Police say he continues to suffer anxiety from the incident.

"I don't know whether it's accurate or not," said John Moses, the attorney representing Grskovich. "Nobody really knows the facts of this unfortunate situation. It's lucky no one was seriously hurt."

What's still unclear is why Grskovich was allowing a blind child to operate the pedals of the car in the first place.

"That's out of sight … I can't even imagine that," said Carl Barnes, who lives nearby the scene of the accident. "And he had a blood alcohol content of .17. That's even worse."

Grskovich's jury trial is set for Oct. 16. In the meantime, the court has ordered him to have no contact with the 8-year-old child, the boy's mother or two witnesses that were at the scene.




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