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Drunk driving dad sentenced
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A drunk driving dad has been given 10 days in jail after he was caught driving under the influence with his 18-month-old son in the car.
The father, Merek Matthew Elkins, 26, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of DUI, reckless endangerment, and driving on a suspended license. He was directed to serve 10 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and must pay $350 plus costs, perform 24 hours public service work, attend DUI Class, and lose his driving privileges for one year.
Elkins was charged after sheriff’s deputy Derek Bowles spotted his car parked in the parking lot of Charles Creek Baptist Church. Bowles said he watched as the suspect’s Chrysler pulled onto the roadway and noticed his tag lights were not illuminated. He then pulled over the driver and immediately noticed something wasn’t right.
“He had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and red-gloss eyes,” said Bowles, noting he failed a field sobriety test. “He said he had drank Crown Royal about three hours prior.”
Bowles noted he found Elkins’ 18-month-old son in the car. The child’s grandfather was called to take him home while Elkins was arrested.