Grandfather drives drunk with toddler in backseat

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A 52-year-old man is accused of endangering the life of his 20-month-old granddaughter by driving “super drunk” with the toddler in the back seat of his car.

Shortly after 8 p.m. May 3, Wyandotte police spotted the man in the area of Fort Street and Goddard, as he failed to signal a right turn and then was paced traveling at speeds in excess of 35 mph in a marked 25 mph zone.

Police stopped the driver near the Burger King restaurant on Fort Street in Lincoln Park.

The officer noted that the man’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy, and the odor of intoxicants emitted from his breath.

A toddler was in a car seat, in the rear of the vehicle behind the front passenger seat. The man said the child was his 20-month-old granddaughter.

In response to the officer’s question, the man said “I haven’t drank today.”

According to information provided by the Law Enforcement Information Network and Michigan Secretary of State, the man had one prior conviction for operating while intoxicated and had a few active warrants.

The officer told the man to get out of the car. He again asked him if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages.

“I had one earlier, but it was about 2 o’clock when I stopped drinking,” the man said. However, he later changed his story to say he had two drinks, then a few minutes later admitted to having three drinks.

Two additional officers arrived at the scene to offer their assistance.

In one of the field sobriety tests, police asked the man to recite the alphabet, starting with the letter “C” and ending at “M.” He started at “A” and ended at “Z,” then sang “Now I know my A, Z, M’s.”

After failing additional field sobriety tests, a preliminary breath test indicated his blood-alcohol content was 0.26.

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