35 years old. No criminal record. Not even traffic. This past Tuesday has me concerned. My dad is much older than me (80) and is on hospice but has never been told he cannot drive. He has been a good driver even as of late. On Tuesday, he was driving and I was in the front seat next to him and we were going to the bank. We started off the wrong way, so 2 blocks from our house, he was turning around at the local high school in the evening. The car got stuck in a ditch. Noone was hit, hurt. We just sat there and called triple AA. Then the police came. Police were nice and said your dad appears to have dementia symptoms. They asked if I could drive and I said yes. Ambulance came. Ambulance said we dont want him checked at the hospital because he could lose his hospice, so we'll give you both a ride home (2 blocks away). They were very nice. Police asked me for my name, DOB, SSN and my dads and asked for the car key. Then the car was towed.
1. Noone was hit, we just were in a ditch. If one would get cited for reckless driving would it have happened on the scene?
2. Can I be charged for a criminal citation or criminal traffic offense since I allowed him to drive?
It's highly unlikely that the police, much less any rational prosecutor, would seek to bring criminal charges under the circumstances you described -- allowing your father to drive without prior knowledge that he was no longer capable of doing so safely with you in the car with him.
You aren't in any criminal trouble here. Quite frankly, the most your dad could be charged with in a sane world is "failure to control" not reckless op.
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