13-year-old drunk off Four Loko leads cops on high-speed chase

A teenager in North Carolina was caught driving his parents’ car under the influence.  The 13-year-old boy was arrested by police officers after he hit speeds of 100mph.

Once he was detained, the boy admitted to drinking a Four Loko before he started driving his parents’ car – his parents’ had reported the vehicle stolen earlier.

The police say it happened about 9 p.m. on Sept. 6.  They saw a red Pontiac Solstice speeding and began pursuit, catching up with and pulling the boy over near the town of Clinton.

The police officers detected an odor of alcohol and ordered the boy to take a breathalyzer test.

Police also determined that the car had been reported stolen by his parents.  The boy, who was not publicly identified in local media reports, was then arrested and taken to the Clinton Police Department, where he was turned over to a Sampson County Sheriff’s deputy.

Four Loko is a controversial malt beverage that once combined alcohol and caffeine. Since its debut, the drink has been accused of encouraging binge drinking and marketing alcohol to kids. The drink was officially banned in 2010 after the Food and Drug Administration labeled it “unsafe.”

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