A Tacoma man had five children and two adult passengers in his vehicle when he was stopped Saturday night and arrested for driving under the influence, according to State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill.
A trooper pulled over the 34-year-old man about 11:30 p.m. when the vehicle he was driving at mile 10 of westbound state Route 410 drifted into the oncoming lane and to the right shoulder of the road, Gill said.
A breathalyzer test showed the suspect’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08, according to the State Patrol.
Troopers arrested the driver for investigation of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment of children, Gill said.
The suspect has a prior DUI conviction, was driving on a suspended license and did not have a required interlock ignition device in the vehicle to measure his blood alcohol level, Gill said.
The children in the car were between the ages of three and eight, and the driver is the father of two of them, Gill said.
Of the kids, three were completely unrestrained, and two were sharing a lap belt, he said; All are required by law to be in a child restraint device on the road.
Two women in the car, one the mother of the other three children, had also been drinking, Gill said.
He said it wasn’t clear why they were traveling as a group.
The children of the driver were taken to their grandparents, and Child Protective Services was notified, Gill said.
The women and other children were taken home by the State Patrol, he said.