Largo man accused of letting drunk teen drive truck

Joseph Price decided he was too impaired to drive early Saturday morning.

So he had a 16-year-old girl do it for him.

But the teen didn't have a license. And she was drunk, according to Pinellas Park Police.

Officers discovered Price, the girl, and another juvenile during a traffic stop shortly before midnight in the 9400 block of U.S. 19. All three were intoxicated, police said, and an empty bottle of alcohol was found inside the vehicle.

Price admitted he knew the juveniles were drinking, according to an arrest affidavit. He was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and allowing an unauthorized person to drive a vehicle.

Price, 40, of Largo, was in the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday afternoon. No bail was listed.

Police did not document how Price, a registered sex offender, knew the juveniles.

Police charged one of the teens with obstruction of justice, after she allegedly gave officers the wrong name and birth date, police said. The driver was charged with driving without a license.

Both teens were taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.

Largo man accused of letting drunk teen drive truck 01/04/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 7:58pm]

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