DUI Driver Endangers his Child

A Dallas dad has spent some sobering time in jail after allegedly plowing his vehicle into several parked cars and then running off with his baby still in the back seat.

According to police officials, 31-year-old Michael Thomas Ryan was driving under the influence of alcohol on Sunday morning on Goliad Avenue in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood of Dallas. Ryan hit at least four parked cars and then drove off.

Officers followed gouge marks in the road to Ryan’s damaged 2011 Lexus SUV on Palo Pinto Avenue. It was missing a front tire.

Ryan fled on foot, leaving his infant child inside the vehicle. Officers caught up with him a few blocks away and arrested him for DWI and child abandonment.

Police called the mother to pick up the child.

Driving after drinking is never a smart move and driving while intoxicated with children in the car is nothing short of child endangerment. According to the news story, he not only was DUI, but fled the scene and was driving while intoxicated with an infant in the car. The best way to avoid such accidents is to avoid the situation altogether. If you know you will be consuming alcohol, always have a designated driver to drive while you are impaired. It might be an even better idea to stay off the road entirely and just stay home. Factors such as weight, age, sex and other things can affect how much alcohol affects you. As with everything, it is best to use your best judgment and common sense before getting behind the wheel. Waiting to drive until you are completely sober is the best course of action to take.

In the State of Texas, the limit of Blood Alcohol Concentration or BAC is 0.08%. This is the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. If you are a truck driver, or a holder of a commercial driver’s license, this limit is now set at 0.04%. This level, recently implemented for holders of commercial driver’s licenses has now been written into law across the entire United States.

If you or a family member has been involved in a serious accident involving alcohol or the actions of an intoxicated driver, give our offices a call. One of our experienced attorneys will discuss the specifics of your case. We have years of experience in DUI and accident cases. Our legal representation can help you to recoup not only the cost of damages to your vehicle, but also medical treatment, loss of work or wages, and potential legal charges which might have been incurred, as well as pain and suffering and personal loss or wrongful death. Let us help you. Your initial consultation is free.

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