A Chandler man was caught driving 35 miles over the speed limit while allegedly under the influence with his three young stepchildren in the car, reports The Arizona Republic.
Fabien Garcia-Holguin was allegedly driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone when he was spotted by a witness who called the police. Authorities eventually arrested the Chandler man at Arizona Avenue and Ray Road.
Garcia-Holguin was reportedly exhibiting typical signs of a person who may be impaired, including slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Inside the car, police found the Chandler man’s three stepchildren - ages 1, 3 and 7 - in the car with loose car seats and broken seatbelts, according to The Republic.
Authorities are recommending that the 30-year-old stepfather be charged with three counts of endangerment of a minor and a count of aggravated DUI.
Drivers are typically charged with an aggravated DUI felony for several reasons, including having a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle at the time of a DUI arrest. Recently, a Mesa man faced similar charges after police caught him driving under the influence with seven children in the car, three of whom were in the trunk. He eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI and the child endangerment charges were dropped in a plea bargain with prosecutors.
If you are facing criminal charges for a suspected DUI, whether it's a run-of-the-mill misdemeanor or a more serious felony DUI charge, you should consult a Phoenix DUI attorney about your legal options. Many often do not charge for an initial consultation.