Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Suspected drunk driver had child in car

cartezSIBLEY — A man is facing charges after police say he was driving drunk at nearly twice the legal limit with a child unrestrained in the back seat.

At about 1:30 a.m., Sunday, Sibley officer Steven Kennon was patrolling U.S. Highway 371 when he saw a tan GMC Yukon following closely behind another vehicle, according to reports.

The Yukon reportedly turned onto Southeast 1st Street and ran the stop sign at Southeast Natchitoches Street.

Kennon stopped the vehicle on Southeast Railroad Street and saw the driver, Cartez Alexander, 36, of the 400 block of Pero Church Road in Sibley, allegedly shove something behind the passenger seat.

When Alexander got out of the SUV, Kennon smelled alcohol and saw a child, later determined to be 11-years-old, in the back not wearing a seat belt, reports say.

Alexander performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken to Minden Police Department for chemical testing, which showed his blood alcohol level to be .153.

The legal limit is .08.

Officers determined the item Alexander hid under the seat to be a 24-ounce Budweiser, reports said.

Alexander was booked into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on charges of driving while intoxicated while a juvenile is present; following too closely; failure to stop at a stop sign; open container; no child restraint; and driving under suspension.

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