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Callers help troopers locate suspected drunk driver with a child in the vehicle

Posted at 8:05 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 21:05:36-05

A Sulphur man is in custody for allegedly driving recklessly on the interstate with a child in the car while impaired.

Christmas Day, at 7:30 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop D started receiving calls from concerned drivers about a reckless driver on I-10 who they say sideswiped a bridge railing.

Troopers located and stopped the vehicle in Lake Charles. They identified the driver as 34-year-old Hugo Daniel Gonzalez.

Hugo Gonzalez
Hugo Gonzalez

Troopers say Gonzales showed obvious signs of impairment and had a 10-year-old with him in the car.

Gonzales was arrested and transported to Troop D where he provided a breath sample test, which showed a blood alcohol content over three and a half times the legal limit, according a state police spokesman.

The suspect was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center with third offense DWI (with child endangerment), improper lane usage, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, and open alcoholic beverage container.

State police say this arrest was made possible because of concerned drivers alerting state troopers, possibly preventing a serious crash. To report impaired or reckless drivers, drivers anywhere in Louisiana are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) to contact state police directly or dial 911.