A man was arrested earlier this week after endangering the lives of seven kids. In what could have led to another Mesa accident, the 23-year-old suspect was stopped and is accused of drunk driving with seven kids with ages ranging from 6 to 13 on board (AZ Central 02/22/11).
Mesa police say the person looking after the kids asked her good friend to drive them all home. Unfortunately, the driver was drunk. Further investigations revealed that his blood alcohol concentration was two times over the legal limit.
According to one of the kids, four of them sat at the backseat while the other three were stuffed inside the trunk of the drunk driver’s sports car.
Luckily, the suspect was apprehended by police near Mesa Drive and Broadway Road and the terrified children were saved.
The person originally looking after the kids was present the whole time and was in fact the mother of two of the kids that were inside the trunk of the car.
Police added the suspect had been involved in a number of traffic incidents, one of which was a fatal hit-and-run accident and has previously been cited for DUI.
The driver faces seven counts of child endangerment and DUI and is now locked behind bars while the other adult faces child endangerment.
Drunken driving is a big threat to anyone’s safety on the road. Among traffic fatalities recorded in 2009, 32 percent were from impaired driving accidents. As Arizona accident attorneys, we believe that there is no place for such negligence on the road and anyone who endangers others, especially innocent children, should be held accountable for their unforgivable actions. Accident victims can call us at (480) 753-4534 for a free consultation.