Oklahoma man arrested for DWI with 5 y.o. child in the car

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

GUNTER, TX-Local police arrest an Oklahoma man caught driving through Grayson county while under the influence--with his 5-year-old daughter in the backseat.

Gunter Police Officer Kyle Peck was out patrolling Friday night when he saw James Barker nearly crashing head on to several cars on State Highway 289.

"As he was going northbound, he was going into the southbound lane. I knew that the high school football game was about to get out and everybody from our citizens and citizens from the other town were about to leave and we needed to get the vehicle to stop as soon as possible," he said.

Barker was pulled over in front of the Gunter Primary School Friday night, which is just a mile away from the high school, where a football game was ongoing.

"When I looked at him he just seemed sluggish and slow like, it's just not a normal response when police come up to your vehicle, so I just asked him to get out of the car," said Ofcr. Peck.

Peck performed a field sobriety test on Barker and found out he'd taken sedatives.

"I asked him to stand in front of my car. So when I looked back at the car, I observed a little girl sleeping in the car seat," he said.

Barker was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a child under 15.

Jack Newton was at the game and heard about the incident, he says he was glad police were able to stop Barker.

"When you have a child involved and we have so many children at the game, it just could've been, I just shudder at the thought of what it could've been," he said.

"Driving with a child that age is a felony and I think it fits the charge very well because not only are you endangering yourself and everyone else in the road, you're endangering your own child by driving like that," said Peck.

Barker bonded out of the Grayson County Jail. If convicted, he could spend time in state prison.

The 5-year-old was not injured during the incident.

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