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13-year-old arrested for DWI in Clinton

Posted September 13

A 13-year-old in Sampson County was stopped by police last week after he was driving a car more than 100 mph, Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said.

Police officers were able to catch up to the car on U.S. Highway 701, north of Clinton, where the teen stopped. Officers noticed the smell of alcohol on his breath, and the car was reported stolen by his parents, Edwards said.

The teen submitted to a breathalyzer test, and the results were positive, Edwards said.

The 13-year-old was take to the Clinton Police Department, where he was arrested under juvenile petitions.


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  • Patrick Dolan Sep 14, 10:46 a.m.
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    The parents reported the car stolen jerry. That report exonerates the parents from "allowing an unlicensed driver to drive" charge. Ultimately, a person is responsible for thier own actions.

  • Janet Ghumri Sep 14, 10:33 a.m.
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    This child is starting down an awful road. At that age to be drinking is bad enough, by itself, but to take the car and speeding like that? Hopefully he has learned a valuable lesson. It sounds like the parents have their hands full. I'm glad that he didn't kill himself or (worse) anyone else. Getting arrested could be the best thing to happen. I hope the parents stay strong and don't try to get him off too easy.

  • Maria Izcidor Sep 14, 8:38 a.m.
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    I normally don't get into all this wral drama but this story caught my attention. .parents can't watch a 13 year old 24/7..at that age he is becoming a young man and should be starting to take on some responsibility himself..parents has to work and all parents don't work during the day. There are a lot of single mom's out here struggling to work to support there families and can't afford to pay a babysitter to watch a 13 year old. As we all know the media don't give all the details as it is so we as viewers don't need to make comments until you KNOW TJE STORY!!! Who to say it was a snowflake..could had been some cocoa pebbles..but regardless who it was we all are oreo at the end of the day

  • Tom Harris Sep 13, 11:28 p.m.
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    What's with the "snowflakes" baloney, Jerry Sawyer??

  • William Jones Sep 13, 9:18 p.m.
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    Not sure why you think the parents should go to jail, they had already reported to police that their son had stolen the car. You can only do so much in controlling someone, even a 13 year old. If this makes me a snowflake, okay.