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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of DUII Dad as 10-Year Old Son Sits in Driver Seat - Klindt Drive in The Dalles
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A 34-year old man from The Dalles was arrested Sunday morning by Oregon State Police (OSP) during a traffic stop when the trooper found the intoxicated man seated in the front passenger seat steering the vehicle as his 10-year old son sat in the driver's seat.
On May 6, 2012 at approximately 10:45 a.m. Trooper Mark Jubitz observed a 2004 GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle traveling on Klindt Drive in the west end of The Dalles running with its hazard lights on as it failed to maintain a lane of travel and was stopping in the road. Jubitz noted the front passenger was steering the vehicle and stopped it as it pulled into a business parking lot.
When Jubitz contacted the person in the driver's seat he noted it was a 10-year old boy identified as the passenger's son. The passenger was identified as JOSE ISRAEL TORRES, age 34, from The Dalles.
Jubitz saw an open container of alcohol at the passenger's feet and several other empty containers in the back seat. Subsequent investigation led to TORRES' arrest for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. TORRES was also cited for several traffic violations including No Valid Operators License. He was lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR).
Prior to his arrest, TORRES called his wife to come pick up their son. When his wife arrived, Jubitz learned she also did not have a valid driver's license and cited her for the traffic violation.
Contact with the couple's friends led to several people with valid licenses coming to the scene to pick up the wife and son.