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Greenburgh Cops: Drunken Driver Let Teen Take Over

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A 28-year-old Mount Vernon man was arrested after he let a 15-year-old get behind the wheel because he was too boozed up to drive straight, police said.

Greenburgh police said Eddy Paiz handed over the keys to his teenage passenger early Thursday after he started swerving on the Bronx River Parkway. A short time later, the 15-year-old driver changed lanes without signaling on Central Park Avenue near Dalewood Drive, police said, and the Chevrolet Astro was pulled over.

Inside were Paiz and five others. Police said the group was coming from Cancun restaurant in Mount Vernon, and Paiz admitted having had eight beers.

The passengers, four of whom were under 16, became concerned because Paiz was swerving on the Bronx River Parkway, police said. Paiz told police he decided to let the 15-year-old drive because he feared he might have an accident because he was intoxicated, according to police reports.

Paiz was charged under Leandra's Law with four felony counts of driving while intoxicated with a child under 16 in the vehicle, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was ordered to appear in Greenburgh Town Court.

The following items also were reported by Greenburgh police:

Woman Threatened: Cory Eulin, 28, of White Plains was charged with criminal contempt, a felony, Saturday, June 23, after he allegedly threatened a woman and violated a previous order of protection.

Attempted Theft: Robert Rodriguez, 20, of White Plains was charged with petty larceny and third-degree criminal trespass, both misdemeanors, Monday, June 18, after he allegedly attempted to steal a bicycle from a Rosemont Boulevard home.

Trespass: Terence Neil, 35, of Mount Vernon was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, Tuesday, June 19, after neighbors reported a man sitting in an abandoned home on North Avenue.

Drug Possession: Jacqueline Tillford, 45, of White Plains was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal trespass, both misdemeanors, Saturday, June 23, after police said she was illegally at an apartment complex owned by the Greenburgh Housing Authority and threw a small rock of crack cocaine on the ground.

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