NY police: 10-year-old child drives for intoxicated father

STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) – 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 (http://bit.ly/1JblRYo ) 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.

Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com

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