NEBRASKA (KRON) — They made a pact with their father: one more near collision and we’re calling the cops.
A pair of siblings, Ethan and Mackenzie Behrens, were in the backseat car making their way to Colorado for vacation when their father, Jason Behrens, swerved into oncoming traffic.
“We were like, ‘we don’t want go anymore because you’re drunk and I don’t want to die,'” said 14-year-old Mackenzie.
The kids drafted a text message on their phone and threatened their father if he swerved one more time they would sent it to the police.
“I was like, ‘I can drive better than this,’” Mackenzie said. “He said, ‘then fine, I can pull over and you can drive.’ And I said, ‘I’m not legal, if I was legal I would.'”
Then it happened. Their car near collided with another vehicle head on and Ethan hit send.
“I thought I was going to die,” Ethan told his father after he was asked if he was texting with police.
The pair convinced their father to park the car at a nearby restaurant where police caught up with the family.
Officers tested Behrens’ blood alcohol content, which was three times the legal limit.
Behrens faces a charge of DUI and two counts of driving drunk with minors in the car.
“He’s our parent, our other parent. It was hard, but he just pushed us to the point that we had to,” Ethan said.