Washington State Troopers care for baby after mom is arrested for DUI
KENNEWICK, Wash. - A powerful photo that captured many in the Tri-Cities, a Washington State Trooper caring for a 10-month-old baby.
After officers arrested the mother for suspicion of DUI, along with reckless endangerment of a child.
Washington State Troopers said a trained airplane pilot, observed multiple violations through their patrol air craft. Including speeding and driving too close to other vehicles
Washington State Trooper, Carlos Mata, was called to the area where he located the vehicle, pulling her over on I-82, Westbound, near Kennewick.
“There were a lot of open containers of alcohol and there was a strong smell of alcohol,” said Mata.
Trooper Mata, said the mother claims she had been drinking the night before and felt dizzy in the morning but needed to get to town.
After police said she failed a sobriety test, blowing a total of .198 over twice the legal limit, they booked her into the Benton County Jail.
Authorities said at the jail her alcohol percentage escalated to .235, two and half times the legal limit.
Trooper Mata said, “we made multiple attempts to reach a family member to come pick up the child and were unsuccessful, at first.”
This then forced troopers to bring the child back to the state patrol office, where troopers cared for the infant.
“Yesterday, it took a couple of troopers off the road just to care for the infant here at the office, tying about three units,” said Mata.
But it was worth it, within a few hours the troopers say the father came for the baby and authorities say they are happy to know the infant was safe at the end of the day.
“It’s good to know you made a difference that day and you might have saved somebody's life,” said Mata.