‘Categorically irresponsible and dangerous:’ Deputies arrest man for OWI with child in vehicle

MILWAUKEE — Deputies with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 35-year-old Milwaukee man on Wednesday, Feb. 14 for OWI — and the man had a child in his vehicle.

Officials say a deputy stopped the vehicle of the 35-year-old for speeding in a construction zone just after noon on Wednesday. He did not have a valid license and became angry that his vehicle would be towed. Two adult passengers in the car did not have driver’s licenses — and there was also a three-year-old child in the vehicle.

A news release says the driver became agitated and jumped out of his vehicle. Deputies transported the group off the freeway and noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath. The 35-year-old man’s breath test showed .15 alcohol concentration — nearly two times the legal limit.

Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt issued this statement:

“In a civilized society, accountability is an absolute mandate. Driving drunk with a three-year-old in the vehicle, and two other passengers, is categorically irresponsible and dangerous. Join me in changing the culture of drinking and driving. There are too many impaired drivers on the road who jeopardize the lives of their passengers, other motorists and innocent children. Enough!!”