Cops: Drunk Man Had 10-Year-Old Drive His Truck

John Barling, 46, is arrested in upstate New York
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 17, 2015 7:30 PM CDT
Cops: Drunk Man Had 10-Year-Old Drive His Truck

Police say an upstate New York man had his 10-year-old drive his pickup truck while he was sitting in the passenger seat drunk. The Times Union of Albany reports that police in the Saratoga County town of Stillwater were contacted by a motorist on Saturday who saw the child driving the truck on Route 9P. Police say officers pulled over the truck and found that the 10-year-old was behind the wheel while his father, 46-year-old John Barling of Saratoga Springs, was intoxicated in the passenger seat.

Police say the child was picked up by a relative and Barling was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and permitting unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Saratoga County Child Protective Services was contacted by police. It couldn't be determined if Barling has an attorney who could comment on the charges. (More drunk driving stories.)

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