A boy who won't be of legal drinking age for another seven years was arrested in Phoenix this week on suspicion of DUI. Because of the boy's age, authorities would not provide the name of the DUI suspect, but police officers at the scene described the driver as a "heavyset" and say that the boy looked about 10 years older than his actual age.
According to The Phoenix New Times, police officers tried to pull over the boy driving a white Ford Focus after he was seen driving erratically on Interstate 17. However, the boy did not yield to police officers (perhaps he didn't know the rules of the road) and ran through several red lights while officers were flashing their red and blues.
Once the kid finally did pull the vehicle over, which was allegedly stolen from a relative, authorities said that he tried to fight police officers and that he had to be subdued. The suspect is now reportedly facing multiple felony charges including possessing a stolen vehicle, DUI, hit and run, aggravated assault, and marijuana possession.
A juvenile can face severe penalties for driving under the influence, but the juvenile is usually able to get criminal convictions expunged from his or her record upon turning 18 years of age. The expungement is usually done as long as the juvenile has met certain conditions, such as good behavior. FindLaw states that even juveniles are entitled to a DUI attorney during their court hearing, but that the court procedure us usually far less formal than the court procedures for adults.