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Police: Drunken older teen allowed 14-year-old to drive car

MANCHESTER — A 14-year-old boy was behind the wheel of a car early Saturday morning that passed a police car and then nearly hit some parked vehicles, according to a police report.

When the officer caught up to the car, however, the young teen was in the passenger seat and Shawn Morrissey, 18, of 198 Grove St., was in the driver's seat, according to the officer.

Morrissey is facing several charges including operating under the influence of liquor; unlawful possession of alcohol, transportation of alcoholic beverages by a minor, and allowing an improper person to drive.

He was arrested about 1:45 a.m. Saturday after a car passed officer Eric Joyal near Dubuque and Wayne streets. Shortly after the vehicle went by, the officers saw it suddenly veer into the oncoming lane, nearly striking some parked vehicles.

Joyal stopped the car and approached the driver, who he immediately noticed was not the same person he'd seen driving the car just moments before. That driver, who police said was a 14-year-old boy, was now in the passenger seat, according to authorities.

Police said the two switched places when they saw the cruiser.

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