Recently, a 38-year-old father attempted to pick up his young elementary school-aged children from their school in Canada when he was initially detained before being arrested for the charge of driving while intoxicated.
According to Toronto Sun, York Regional Police say that this past Wednesday just after 5 p.m. a good samaritan called the police because they suspected an impaired driver near a Vaughan elementary school.
Staff at the school would not allow the man's children to enter the family car. Finally, the father drove away alone and Canadian police picked him up shortly later at his residence.
The father of three youngsters was placed under arrest at that time and was taken to police headquarters for a breathalyzer where police state that the man blew over what is considered twice the legal limit for alcohol.
After the father was placed under arrest and put into the back of a patrol car, the man made a truly heartbreaking comment to the arresting officers by telling him that his "two-year-old just saw me going away [in] a cruiser and I got three kids... so can you please just... I don't care if I gotta stay in there for three days just can you take care of my family?"
Of course, the statement is heartbreaking due to the emotional toll that the man's family will have to go through but although alcoholism is a disease, the consequences of being arrested are something that he knew could have happened when he chose to drink and drive.
“I am truly at a loss to understand how drivers continue to make the stupid and dangerous decision to drive while impaired, either by alcohol or drugs,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said in an official press release.
Jolliffe went on to remind the community that his officers see incidents like this every single day and that selfish decisions such as these put innocent lives in danger. Just four years ago, three young children, Daniel, Milly and Harrison Neville-Lake, of the same community were killed along with their grandfather, Gary Neville, due to a drunk driver.
Jolliffe said that the drunk driver charges sadly keep growing higher and higher with each coming year.
“Despite the fact, our message does not seem to be getting through," Chief Jolliffe said. "We will continue to fight this fight and we appreciate the vigilance of the community in alerting us to suspected impaired drivers.”
The name of the father involved in Wednesday's incident has not been released at the time of this writing.