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Police say man drove drunk with children in car

June 29th, 2014 9:34 pm by Staff Report

Police say man drove drunk with children in car

Jean Carlo Lopez

Police said a city man was arrested on several charges after he tried to flee from a traffic stop while he was under the influence of alcohol and transporting children in his car.

On Sunday, Johnson City police arrested Jean Carlo Lopez, 23, 100 Carter Sells Road, Apt. 31, after officers said he sped away from an impending traffic stop.

In a news release, police said that at around 5:15 Sunday morning, officers noticed a black Toyota Camry traveling down Swadley Road while its license plate was not lit. After officers turned around to begin a traffic stop, police said, the Camry drove off at a high rate of speed and ran a stop sign. The Camry then turned onto Ketron Lane and, according to police, turned its lights off in an attempt to elude the officers.

After the Camry stopped, police said, officers removed the driver and identified him as Lopez. Because of “a strong smell of alcohol” coming from Lopez, police said, officers conducted field sobriety tests, on which he performed “poorly.” After Lopez was arrested, police said, officers searched the Camry and found four other people inside, including two children — a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old — who were both sitting on their mother’s lap during the pursuit.

Lopez was charged with driving under the influence, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license, failure to illuminate plates, a stop sign violation and two counts of reckless endangerment. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of $20,000 bond. His arraignment was scheduled for this afternoon in Sessions Court.

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