Father Arrested In OKC For Driving Drunk With Child In Vehicle

Monday, November 3rd 2014, 1:31 pm
By: News 9

An Oklahoma City father was arrested after being accused of driving drunk while his 3-year-old son was in the vehicle.

According to police, on Friday, October 31, several witnesses called police to report an intoxicated driver in the area of Britton and Council.

The witnesses followed the driver and kept police updated on his location. They said the driver was swerving into oncoming traffic and hitting the curb. The driver reportedly kept speeding up and slowing down, and was driving in both lanes of northbound traffic on Council.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle driven by 34-year-old Jason Christopher Hall in the northbound lanes of Rockwell.  According to police, officers also found Hall's 3-year-old son in the back of the vehicle. He was released to a relative.

Police said they could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Hall's breath and person. He was very unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred and his eyes were red and watery. Police said Hall admitted to drinking one beer prior to driving.

Hall, police said, also failed a field sobriety test. He was taken into custody on charges of DUI and child endangerment by permitting child abuse.

As officers investigated the incident at the scene, Hall reportedly said, “Thank you. The longer you take here, the more sober I'll be,” while he was in a police scout car.

On the contrary, after being transported to the Oklahoma City Intoxilyzer Room, a breathalyzer test measured Hall's BAC at .17, according to police. The legal limit is .08. 

Because Hall's BAC was over .15, one count of aggravated DUI was then added to his charges. 

Hall was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on multiple charges, including child endangerment by permitting child abuse, aggravated DUI, DUI-alcohol, failure to keep right of center, straddling lane lines.