Driver with Two Kids in the Car Arrested for DUI

It’s always a bad idea when a grown adult chooses to get behind the wheel and put his own life and the lives of others in danger. However, it is nothing short of tragically irresponsible when an adult decides to do so while children are in the same vehicle.

The Press-Democrat reports that a man was arrested for DUI in Petaluma over the weekend while he had two young children in the car with him.

In a statement, the Petaluma Police Department said that officers arrested 30-year-old Eric PabloGarcia on driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, two counts of child endangerment, and driving without a license.

Police dispatchers received a call at approximately 9:15 on Saturday, October 29, reporting a possible DUI with a vehicle description and a license plate number. 

Police officers responding to the call found the reported car in the parking lot of an apartment complex located within the 500 block of Lakeville Circle, where PabloGarcia had crashed onto a curb. 

Officers found PabloGarcia and two children, four and one years old, inside the car. 

Police conducted a DUI investigation with field sobriety and breathalyzer tests, all of which he failed. PabloGarcia had a blood alcohol level of between 0.31 and 0.32 percent – four times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Officers handcuffed PabloGarcia, but he attempted to get away from them. He was tackled onto the ground and taken to an area hospital for medical clearance. He was later booked into the Sonoma County Jail. 

The children inside PabloGarcia’s car were released to the care of family members.

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