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Crime & Courts

Man arrested with two drunken juveniles, Pinellas Park police say


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A man who allegedly let a juvenile who had been drinking drive his truck has been arrested, Pinellas Park police said.

About 11:13 p.m. Friday, a police officer saw a truck driving on U.S. 19 without headlights and not staying within one lane, according to a report. The officer pulled over the truck and found the driver was a female juvenile. Also in the truck was another female juvenile and a man.

Police said the driver smelled of alcohol and told the officer that the adult passenger, Joseph Price, 40, of Largo was the owner of the truck and she didn’t have a license.

Officers started to remove Price from the vehicle when one of the juveniles told them he was paralyzed from the chest down, police said.

All three were intoxicated, officers said, but no DUI charges were filed. Price denied providing the alcohol and the juveniles were uncooperative with officers, police said.

During the investigation, the juvenile passenger lied to officers about her name and date of birth and was arrested for obstruction, police said. The driver was arrested for no valid license. Because of their ages, they are not being identified. They were booked into the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.

Price was arrested on charges of allowing an unauthorized person to operate a vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was already facing charges of violation of probation on felony battery, driving under the influence and possession of Baclofen, a muscle relaxant, without a valid prescription. He is being held the Pinellas County Jail on $1,350 bail, according to jail records.

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