Two Wise men arrested with 12-year-old designated driver

The Wise County Sheriff's Office reported last week that during a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic-checking detail on Darden Drive in Wise on Sept. 5, deputies observed a vehicle stop about 15 yards short of the traffic stop checkpoint.

Upon further investigation, deputies found a 12-year old girl behind the wheel. Also inside the vehicle were Jason Todd Kennedy, 52, 5511 Paramount Road., Wise, and Christopher Todd Clark, 50, 712 Old Coeburn Road., Coeburn, and both appeared to be intoxicated.

After further investigation, Kennedy was charged with felony child endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, allowing a person without a license to drive, public intoxication and inhaling a noxious chemical.

Clark faces the same charges, along with possession of Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs. Both men were reported being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield, and the 12-year old girl released into the custody of her mother.


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