Middletown Police: Man let 14-year-old drive his car because he was drunk

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MIDDLETOWN–A man was arrested on Saturday after a 14-year-old driving him got in a car crash.

Around 10 p.m. police responded to reports of a car hitting a telephone pole on Park Place in Middletown. When they arrived they found firefighters putting out a fire in the engine compartment, but no occupants in the vehicle. Witnesses pointed in the direction that the three men who exited the car ran in, and a witness identified the men to police. The witness didn’t know who was driving.

The car was registered to Timothy Williams, 54, of Middletown, who was one of the three men pointed out. One of the two other men was identified as a 14-year-old.

Initially, all three denied being in the car, but then the third person in the car told police that the 14-year-old was was the driver.

After further discussion, Williams told police he was too intoxicated to drive and “somehow” the 14-year-old “ended up driving.” Williams later said he didn’t know who was driving.

However, based on the statements and the fact that Williams smelled like alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated, police arrested him and charged him with risk of injury to a minor. He was released on $5,000 bond and will be in court September 2.

Williams’ wife came to the station to pick her husband up and drive him home.

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