Man Is Too Drunk to Drive, Makes 10-Year-Old Son Do It
Never drink and drive. That is one of the highest rules of driving, right up there with never fill your fuel tank with liquor and never ignore missing lug nuts.
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46-year-old John Barling follows the rules. Well, some of them. He certainly didn’t drive while drunk, that’s for sure. No, instead he broke a rule that the police seem to hold very highly: never have your 10-year-old son drive you home because you are too drunk.
Police of Saratoga County in upstate New York were first alerted to the situation when they received a call from a motorist who said that they had seen a child driving a pickup truck down Route 9P. When the police pulled over the truck, they found that, indeed, there was a 10-year-old driving, seated next to his intoxicated father.
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Presumably, police weren’t terribly impressed that Barling had resisted the urge to drive while under the influence. They arrested Barling and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child and permitting unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The son was picked up by a family member, and police contacted Child Protective Services.