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Police: Intoxicated family friend forces 8-year-old girl to operate car

Police say an intoxicated family friend forced an 8-year-old girl into his car and forced her to drive until they were stopped by concerned bystanders. (NBC News)

Pennsylvania police say an intoxicated New Castle man had an 8-year-old girl to drive him around after spotting her on the side of the road and forced her into his car.

Police said Kevin Michael Cook, 24, forced the child into the vehicle and had her start driving to East Palestine, Ohio before they were stopped by two bystanders.

Police said they received a call regarding a reckless driver on Little Beaver Road around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. The caller told dispatchers there was a small child operating the vehicle, according to the complaint.

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