Drunk dad wrecks car with 3-year-old son inside, police say

Norwalk man also charged with child endangering and driving under suspension.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 6, 2013


A Norwalk dad is behind bars after allegedly driving drunk and wrecking the car in which his 3-year-old son was a passenger.

At 11:40 p.m. Friday, Milan police officers were called to the scene of a crash on Ohio 113 East at the village limits, Police Chief James Rose said.

A westbound car had traveled off the right side of the road down into a ravine, Rose said.

Andrew J. Vandersommen, 32, of 14 Ontario St., and his 3-year-old son were examined at the scene by North Central EMS personnel and no injuries were reported, police said.

Vandersommen was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving under suspension, failure to control and child endangering, police said.

He was taken to the Erie County Jail, where he remained as of this morning. A hearing is scheduled for today in Erie County Municipal Court.



what an idiot! I don't understand how ppl knowing they shouldn't be behind the wheel can put their child in the car and drive with the chance that something like this or worse could happen!


Wow! What a worthless waste of space... Curious as to where the child's mother was while he was in the care of a drunk!? Poor baby.

Rod Farva

Maybe it wasn't the alcohol that caused the crash, he may not have been able to see where he was going with that googly eye!


lol yeah, wonky eyes & driving are usually a bad mix...




One eye is fishin and the other is digging for worms!


Maybe we can set him up with Katie after she gets out of jail. He could see her coming at him with a fork in 2 directions so he should be safe enough!






Ward Cleaver, he ain't.


lots of people do it... i know someone who does it all the time...they do it all the time and unless they (the police) catch them themseleves they cant do anything about it... for got sakes... this guy drinks lots of beer and gets behind the wheel of his vehicle and then downs Wild Irish Rose.... and drives!! to bad they or this guy can't tell right from wrong! Glad the boy is ok!


LOL @ wasp71.
what a worthless piece of $hit!!!


Poor baby!!!
What a loser Dad.


What exactly is the penalty for 'Driving under Suspension'? I mean, clearly taking the person's license away does NOTHING. Shouldn't laws be enacted so that when a wonderful individual such as the 'person' in this story gets charged with 'Driving under Suspension', the person's car gets re-possessed until they have they are able to obtain their license? And if they "borrow" someone else's vehicle, then the person allowing them to use the car should be on the hook.


Sorry for the typo - should read as follows - "the person's car gets re-possessed until they are able to obtain their license".

Yall Make Me Sick

By the looks of him not sure where which way he is looking in the picture. Smh! Great mug shot!! Which way did he go George which way did he go??


He has done something very stupid and could have cost that child or someone else their life. Alcoholics always think they're "OK" but they are not. The family needs to put their foot down and not allow this. While I know it can be funny to tease (about his eyes) let's try not to ok :)

Kottage Kat

Somebody liked his eyes.
Where is Mommy??


Father of the year.