Almost everyone agrees that it’s not a good idea to drink and drive. Besides taking the chance of injuring yourself and other innocent people, the consequences of being caught driving while under the influence include the suspension of your driver’s license, fines, and court costs; yet nearly 1.5 million people are still arrested for DUIs each year in the U.S., according to StaticBrain.com.
Worst yet, some irresponsible adults even drive under the influence while children are in the vehicle.
Case in point, after two police officers pulled over a vehicle last week for making an improper lane change in Cook County, Illinois, they say they smelled the scent of alcohol on the driver’s breath, then noticed that a four-year-old boy was standing up in the backseat area without being strapped into any type of car seat.
Police then called the boy’s father who sent the kid’s grandmother to pick him up.
The driver, Eli Toledo-Ocampo, 34, ended up being charged with endangering the health of a child, improper lane usage, Illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving under the influence, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune. But, before police could get him inside their squad car, they say the passenger, Imelda Castillejo Cortes, 27, got out of the vehicle and pushed one of the officers, The Tribune said.
Cortes was charged with battery, the newspaper reported.
Both Cortes and Toledo-Ocampo were released after posting $1,000 bail each and are due back in court on Oct. 27.