BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. (KGET) — Buttonwillow California Highway Patrol officers took to social media to warn of the dangers of drinking and driving after they found a driver passed out on the side of Interstate 5 while her child passengers walked around nearby.
“This week an observant citizen called 911 to report a possible DUI driver on I-5. We arrived to find the vehicle parked on the shoulder and the driver passed out behind the wheel. Three young children had let themselves out of the car and standing near the traffic lanes. Could have ended in unthinkable tragedy. Please don’t drink and drive. It’s not just your life you put at risk.”CHP – Buttonwillow
The post included three photos, one of which shows three bottles of beer found in the car.
UPDATE: CHP says the call initially occurred around 10 a.m. Wednesday near the Ashe Road overpass just south of Bakersfield between the Copus and Old River exits. The driver was arrested on DUI and child endangerment charges. The children were taken into the Bakersfield CHP office where they were later picked up by their father.