Police, lawyer defend teen designated driver

Posted: 10/16/13 at 7:10 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/16/13 at 10:56 pm EDT

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Several days after a North Andover high school student was removed from participation in volleyball games neighbors and police are standing behind her.

The school says Erin Cox violated the student athlete rules by being at a party where underage drinking was taking place, but others say Cox was doing the right thing and helping a friend.

North Andover police officer Brian Neeley said he spoke with Cox when the party was busted.

"Erin did not have the slightest odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. She was polite, articulate, steady on her feet, and very remorseful for her decision to go into the residence; but was only helping out a friend that had called her for a ride,” Neeley said.

Cox was removed as captain of the high school volleyball team and suspended for five games. Her lawyer, Wendy Murphy, said that is unjust.

“There is no violation of law of the criminal law, no violation of school rules. Why did you take away her status as captain? Why did you suspend her for 5 games?” Murphy said.

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