A Lakeland man is accused of driving under the influence with a 4-year-old child in the car.
The 40-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning after a traffic stop in New Port Richey.
According to the arrest report, the sheriff’s office received a call about a possible impaired driver.
The responding deputy stopped the man’s vehicle, a white 2012 Ford pick-up.
According to the report, the man had glassy, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The reported also alleged his breath smelled of alcohol.
The report indicates the man admitted to drinking but changed his answer to how much several times.
The report goes on to state that he staggered and swayed and could not understand simple instructions. He apparently refused to take a field sobriety test. He also declined a breath alcohol test, according to the arrest report.
The report says the man had a 4-year-old child in the vehicle with him at the time of the stop.
There are several aggravating factors that can increase the penalties attached to a Florida DUI conviction. One of these penalty enhancements would apply when the DUI offense occurred with a minor child in the vehicle. This penalty enhancement can add significant jail time on top of whatever sentence is imposed for the underlying DUI offense.
If you have been arrested for DUI in New Port Richey and have an additional penalty enhancement allegation involving a child in the vehicle, it is important that you speak with a Pasco County DUI Attorney at Whittel & Melton immediately. As former prosecutors, our DUI Lawyers understand how best to defend parents or others charged with DUI.