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Police: Kingsport babysitters let child, 11, drive car, crash into home

May 14th, 2013 1:30 pm by Rain Smith

Police: Kingsport babysitters let child, 11, drive car, crash into home

KINGSPORT — A Kingsport couple face multiple charges after allegedly letting an 11-year-old they were babysitting drive a vehicle on city streets, eventually crashing into a home.

The male suspect — who told police he was straddling the car's center console to operate the pedals, while the child was behind the wheel — was reportedly intoxicated during the incident. Upon arrest he allegedly admitted to downing another bottle of liquor following the wreck.

Meanwhile, his girlfriend attempted to claim she wasn't in the vehicle when the incident occurred, according to police, though witnesses saw her exit the car after the crash — and carrying beer cans from the vehicle as they fled the scene.

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