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Police: Drunk dad let 9-year old drive

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GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – An Albany man is facing felony drunk driving charges after a bizarre incident at Crossgates Mall over the weekend.

Most people teach their kids to drive by taking them to a local mall with a large parking lot, but Guilderland police say Eugene Singleton's efforts at teaching took a wrong turn Sunday.

That's when he allegedly placed his 9-year old daughter behind the wheel of the family minivan, having her drive him around a Crossgates parking lot while police say he was drunk.

Police say Singleton's 7-year old daughter was in the backseat, as well.

A mall security guard took notice and called police when they noticed the 9-year old driver back the minivan into another car.

Singleton's wife Sabrina was inside the mall at the time doing some Mother's Day shopping when all this was going on. When she came out, she reportedly admitted to police that she knew Singleton was drunk, yet allowed him to drive her and their 2 kids to the mall.

Sabrina Singleton had little to say to NEWS10 outside her North Swan Street apartment Monday, but she did tell us that she did not know her husband was drunk.

For his part, police say not only was Eugene Singleton found to be over the legal limit with 0.12% blood alcohol content, his license was revoked, as well.

In a statement to police he told them he was attempting to teach his 9-year old how to drive in the parking lot, but "only under the proper supervision."

Singleton is behind bars on $20,000 bail.

He is facing several charges, including one felony under New York's new Leandra's Law.

Singleton's wife is facing one count of child endangerment.

A referral has also been made to child protective services.

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