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Report: Man driving drunk with 4-year-old asleep in back seat


Police in South Carolina say a man is facing charges after he was driving drunk with a young child asleep in the back seat.

According to a police report from the York Police Department, officers pulled over a suspected drunk driver along Alexander Love Highway and Black Highway on Saturday night.

The report states that officers pulled over 35-year-old Christopher Grant Oldaker after he was seen swerving between lanes on Saturday night. When he attempted to pull over, officers say Oldaker pulled over on a high curb - hit the curb and nearly hit a highway sign.

Oldaker's wife was in the passenger seat and officers say they smelled a strong scent of alcohol coming from the car.  The report says that the couple's 4-year-old daughter was asleep in the back seat.

Oldaker initially denied drinking, according to the report, but then admitted to having one beer before leaving a party in Rock Hill.  Officers reportedly found several open containers of alcohol in the vehicle.

According to the report, Oldaker was given multiple field sobriety tests at the scene, all of which he failed.  He was arrested for driving drunk and taken to the York Police Department.

It was there that he was offered a breathalyzer test, which officers say he tried to cheat. In the report, officers say he would blow into the machine a small amount and then would hold his breath and pretend he was still blowing.

Officers told him they knew he was holding his breath, which he denied, and they said they could tell from the beeping on the machine that he was attempting to interfere with the test.

He was charged with driving under the influence second offense, open container and child endangerment.

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