Teenager charged with drunk driving

A 14-year-old boy stands charged of DUI after attempting to drive his even more intoxicated father home, according to police sources. Pennsylvania authorities arrested the boy on suspicion of drunk driving the night of June 1. According to the officers on the scene, the boy's 34-year-old father was also drunk in the passenger seat. He will face charges as well. 

Police say the boy was spotted driving erratically and was pulled over. The details of the inspection and subsequent arrests were not included in this report, but police say the boy's blood alcohol level was tested at .108, well above the .02 maximum for drivers under the age of 21 in Pennsylvania. His father was also tested and apparently was rated at .26, over three times the legal limit for adults. 

The boy will be prosecuted in juvenile court and has since been released to a sober family member. The father faces charges of child endangerment and corruption of a minor. A preliminary court date has been set for the father on June 14. No other information about the case was reported. 

This drunk driving case is somewhat unique in that a minor child was driving an allegedly intoxicated family member, which could have several implications. Given the child was also allegedly drunk, Pennsylvania residents might rightly question the particulars of the situation that led to the boy driving the vehicle. These questions might be valuable concerning the boy's defense in juvenile court, given the ultimate goal in this (as in any) juvenile case is to protect the boy's right to a fair hearing and, when necessary, to foster an environment geared toward reform and the ability to grow and mature. 

Source: stltoday.com, "Cops: Pennsylvania boy, 14, was driving drunk with intoxicated dad in car", June 5, 2016

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