David Novick, his friend and Novick's three kids managed to get to the gas station safe and sound, driving a couple blocks from his home down SR-50. He went there to buy cigarettes and passed out with his children, all under five years old, in the car.
Novick never saw the police coming. The 37-year-old Titusville man was out cold when they showed up. His three children were unbuckled in the back seat of the parked car. Police questioned whether there was something more than alcohol involved.
The single father was so out of it, not police, not a slap in the face and not even police removing his children could get him to wake up.
"Dave, they are taking the kids," Novick's friend told the passed-out dad.
When he finally did get out of the car, police said Novick failed a sobriety test and a breathalyzer indicated he had a blood alcohol level of .152, nearly twice the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with DUI, driving with a license suspended and, because there were three children in the car, three counts of child neglect.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Passed-Out Dad Caught Behind the Wheel With Toddlers In Car - "Dave, They Are Taking the Kids!"
"Father of the Year" Finalist, anyone? Oh yeah, when you are so drunk that you pass out once you somehow get yourself, your also drunk buddy and your three little kids to the gas station, that says something. And it makes for a great police video, as well, because for some reason, they don't look kindly at drunk driving, much less DUI with small children in the vehicle. The video is below, but here's more on the story from WFTV: