A Tacoma man was arrested for a DUI late Saturday night. When police searched his car, they found two female passengers and five young children in his truck, reports KOMO News.
The driver, Armando Romanisabel, was charged with a suspicion of DUI and five counts of reckless endangerment.
Police say the 34-year-old man was driving erratically on Highway 410 near Sumner. The children in his vehicle ranged from five to eight years of age. The eight occupants were crammed into a Chevy crew cab truck. Along with driving drunk, police say that Romanisabel further jeopardized the safety of the children as three of kids were not wearing safety belts and the other two were sharing the same lap belt.
Romanisabel reportedly has a history of drunk driving as he has been arrested before and was allegedly driving on a suspended license. The man was also supposed to have an ignition interlock device in his truck, but police say that he did not install one. Romanisabel is now being held in a Pierce County jail.
Given the circumstances of the arrest, Romanisabel could face serious penalties for the DUI. Even if you were to ignore the child endangerment charges, Romanisabel violated a bevy of drunk driving laws including driving drunk, driving with a suspended license, and not installing an ignition interlock device. With the focus on repeat DUI offenders, prosecutors are likely to seek significant penalties against the driver.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in the Seattle or King County areas, it is important that you work with an experienced DUI defense attorney. There may be circumstances in your arrest that can enhance or mitigate the penalties you face. You will want to talk to an attorney to learn about the charges, discuss viable defenses, or to weigh a favorable plea deal.
Contact the experienced DUI defense attorneys at Wolff Criminal Defense if you need assistance with your case. Call us at 425-284-2000 to schedule a consultation.