Kingsley man arrested for drunk driving with 5-year-old boy in the car

A clerk at Mayfield Country Store called 911 when a suspicious truck was in the parking lot after hours. Deputies found a drunk man behind the wheel and his son sleeping in the backseat.

A 35-year-old Kingsley man was arrested for his third drunk driving charge, this time with a 5-year-old boy in the car.

The clerk on duty at the Mayfield Country Store Friday night called 911 when she saw a black truck running in the parking lot without its lights on, and then noticed a man slumped over at the wheel.

â??She feared for the person in the vehicle because in that situation, humped over, thought it was a medical deal,â?? said Dan DeVries, co-owner of the Mayfield Store. â??She didn't really know what it was. [She] didn't know if he was playing possum for a robber or if there was a medical emergency. So [she] made the call."

"She did the right thing and contacted 911," said Captain Randy Fewless of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office. "We had an ambulance respond as well as a deputy respond down there."

When deputies arrived, they found the Kingsley man drunk behind the wheel with an open bottle of rum. The investigation revealed the man's blood alcohol content was .14.

The man's five-year old son was sleeping in the backseat.

This is not the man's first offense when it comes to drinking and driving.

"With the fact that this was an OWI third, obviously this is something he's done in the past and may continue to do again," said Fewless.

The boy's mom came down to the store to pick up her son.

Captain Fewless said, according to protocol, Child Protective Services may become involved.

"They may look into the family's situation to see if they've ever had any contact with this guy before or the family or if it's just one of those things," explained Fewless.

The man was arrested for operating while intoxicated third offense, driving with a suspended license, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle, and child endangerment.

A date has not yet been set for the suspect's arraignment.

The man is out of jail on bond.