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Driver with two children in car charged with DUI in Stafford County

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A Dumfries man faces several charges after he was pulled over in Stafford Sunday with children improperly secured in the vehicle, police said.

Stafford County Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said a 4-year-old boy was walking around in the rear of a vehicle that Deputy Matthew Flick stopped for suspected drunken driving on U.S 1.

A 2-year-old child was buckled in a seat belt, but there were no car safety seats in the vehicle, Kennedy said.

According to Kennedy, Flick was in the area of U.S. 1 and Castle Court in North Stafford about 8 p.m. when he noticed a vehicle ahead of him swerving and changing speeds for no apparent reason.

After the driver swerved in front of the deputy, Flick stopped the vehicle and found the two small children not properly secured.

The man had a strong odor of alcohol and had no driver’s license, Kennedy said. He also had no identification and gave Flick several different dates of birth.

Edgar Mendez–Lopez, 39, was charged with felony child neglect, driving intoxicated with a child, DUI, second offense, identity theft, giving a false identification, driving without a license and failure to secure a child.

He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail and a relative was called to pick up the children.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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