Police find 9-year-old boy drunk, blows .18 during breathalyzer test
Posted: Feb 28, 2012 7:16 PM EST | Updated: Nov 5, 2014 5:16 PM EST
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- South Bend police were called to home at the 1800 Block of East Calvert Street on the city's southeast side at 6:41 p.m. on Sunday.
Police were called to the home after reports of a young boy and his mother fighting in the street. That boy was rushed to the hospital after he blew a .18 during a portable breath test, a Blood Alcohol Content twice the legal limit for an adult.
According to the police report, concerned neighbors found the boy stumbling and unable to get up when he was in the middle of the road. Neighbors thought he might have been hit by a car, notifying his mother who was inside the home studying at the time.
Neighbors say they saw the 9-year-old boy screaming and fighting with his mother outside in the yard and when police arrived they found the boy in his living room stumbling, drooling, and slurring his words.
Officers say that the boy not only had bloodshot eyes, but wreaked of alcohol. That's when paramedics were called and police gave the boy the portable breath test.
It showed the boy had a Blood Alcohol Content of .18. He was rushed to Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Police gathered up three empty malt beverage bottles and one empty can of Four Loko, a controversial drink that has been banned in several states, including Michigan, for combining alcohol with an energy drink. According to police, the mother said the bottles had been empty for the last couple of days and that her son didn't drink them.
The Department of Child Services was contacted and has started an investigation into the matter.