CLEARWATER, Fla. - A Pinellas County man is facing charges of driving under the influence and child neglect after police found him intoxicated behind the wheel with his 4-year-old son in the backseat.
It was around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, shortly after the Super Bowl had ended, when police say David Higgins, 26, pulled into a Wendy's on South Missouri Avenue in Clearwater to order some food.
"He reeked of alcohol," said Clearwater Police spokesman Rob Shaw. "His eyes were bloodshot. His speech was slurred."
According to Shaw, the restaurant manager noticed he was intoxicated and had a child in the backseat. Using some quick thinking, police said, she asked Higgins to pull his car over while she waited on his food to cook. Instead, she called Clearwater Police.
"That was very clever," Shaw said. "We are super thankful she took that initiative and called us and got him to just pull over where he couldn't hurt anybody."
When police responded, they said Higgins 'fessed up to drinking five beers while he was watching the game. But when asked why he was then driving with a child in the car, he said he didn't think he was that intoxicated.
After failing several sobriety tests, Higgins was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and booked on the two charges.
In a statement to ABC Action News, Bob Bertini with Wendy's corporate office said:
"Wendy's values are to do the right thing and we commend our restaurant team for contacting law enforcement in this situation."
This is not Higgins first DUI. Jail records show he was arrested on DUI and marijuana possession charges in 2012.