A Georgia college professor was driving with his children in a minivan when a police officer pulled him over for speeding.
According to an investigative report by 11 Alive in Atlanta, the dad of two was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
He was charged with two counts of child endangerment and one count of driving under the influence — and nearly lost his children. The unnamed dad told 11 Alive he was upset he was arrested in front of his sons:
“In the back of my mind, I know that I’m innocent and I didn’t endanger my children in anyway. Even my ex said I know he didn’t do anything to endanger the kids.”
Back at the police station, a test came back positive for diphenhydramine, a drug found in over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol PM and Benadryl.
He had taken a Tylenol PM the night before and remnants of the drug were still in his system.
The police called his ex-wife to pick up the children. Eventually, the charges were dropped.
But the dad was upset that the incident tore his family apart for weeks, saying, “My kids will have to live with the memory of seeing their father being put in handcuffs.”
In Georgia, police officers can arrest people based on suspicion of DUI. According to DrivingLaws.org, impairment can include prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Officers can make an arrest if the driver shows any sign of impairment, including:
- Admitting to drug use
- Appearing to be using drugs
- Using slurred speech
- Driving erratically
Fortunately, the dad was able to prove that he was capable of driving his two children. But now he distrusts the system and is doing his best to prevent being pulled over.
Watch the full story via 11 Alive below.