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Oklahoma man suspected of DUI with baby in car

An Oklahoma man was taken into custody on Jan. 13 for suspicion of driving under the influence with a baby in the car. The suspected DUI incident happened around 12:20 p.m. at the intersection of North Admiral Place and Sheridan Road in Tulsa. A highway patrolman reportedly noticed that a man was driving a 2000 Nissan AG8 with a broken tail light and pulled the car over.

According to police reports, the officer noticed a strong smell of marijuana as he approached the vehicle. He also allegedly noticed a baby in the back seat who wasn't restrained by a seat belt or child safety seat. The officer asked the driver if he had recently smoked marijuana, to which the driver reportedly answered that he had smoked marijuana two hours earlier. The patrolman administered a sobriety test which the man allegedly failed.

The man, 29, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, child endangerment, driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance and child restraint system complaints. He was held on $27,050 bail. If convicted, he could face time in jail, further loss of driving privileges, probation and fines.

Drivers are always advised to drive sober, but that's especially important when a child is in the vehicle. Most importantly, driving under the influence endangers the life of the child. However, convictions for DUI with a child in the car can also bring stiffer penalties. A drunk driving defense attorney could help an individual defend himself in court. If possible, the attorney may be able to negotiate a plea for reduced penalties. However, any plea deal may hinge on numerous factors, including the person's prior record.

Source: Tulsa World, "Tulsa man suspected of DUI with baby in vehicle", Kendrick Marshall, January 14, 2014

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