Father of the Year
I thought that would encompass a few positive attributes rolled into one sentence.
As they grew older, and my confidence in my parenting skills waned, my goal shifted to the hope that they wouldn't need significant psychotherapy until they were on their own health plans.
But as unsteady as I feel sometimes as a parent, I can always take comfort that there is some idiot less equipped than me:
A Riverhead man left his two children in a moving car when he jumped out of a 1993 Jeep during a high-speed police chase Saturday and ran away, authorities said.
Keith Griffin, 41, of 40B Wood Road Trail, was arrested after a short foot chase, police said. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child, and will be arraigned Sunday in Central Islip, police said.
Around 2:45 a.m. Saturday, Griffin was driving on Wavecrest Drive at Mastic Road in Mastic Beach when a Suffolk County police officer attempted to pull him over for an unknown traffic violation, police said.
Griffin refused to stop and led the officer on a short high-speed chase, and at one point he slowed his Jeep drastically and jumped out while the car was still moving, fleeing the police, said Sgt. Jeffrey Maggio.
"A male passenger managed to slide over to the driver's seat and stop the car," Maggio said.
Police found Griffin's 12-year-old and 6-year-old children in the backseat, along with his girlfriend, whom authorities declined to identify.
No one was hurt. Attempts to contact Griffin Saturday were unsuccessful.