Published: 2:16 pm, Tue. Mar. 14th, 2017Updated: 2:16 pm
An Artesia man was arrested Friday on charges of DWI and child abuse after reportedly driving his children to McDonald’s while under the influence of alcohol and rear-ending another vehicle in line.
Artesia Police Department officers were dispatched just before noon Friday to the 2400 block of West Centre Avenue in reference to a man down. While at the residence, officers discovered the man in question had also been the second party involved in an accident being investigated at the McDonald’s.
The man, identified as Tracy Egeland, 46, of Artesia, had provided an insurance card bearing his name and address to the driver of the vehicle he had struck from behind while in line at McDonald’s, where he had driven his two young sons to get something to eat.
After noting his slurred speech and sluggish movements, officers asked Egeland if he had been drinking prior to driving to the McDonald’s, and, according to the report, he responded in the affirmative.
Egeland initially declined a field sobriety test, but after being taken into custody for DWI and transported to the Artesia Detention Center, he agreed to both a field sobriety and breath test. He failed both, with all three of his breath samples coming in at more than three times the legal limit.
Egeland was subsequently charged with one count of aggravated DWI and two counts of child abuse for intentionally placing the children in a situation that may have endangered their lives or health.