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Police: Drunk driver flipped car with kids inside

Car Crash (Source: KAIT) Car Crash (Source: KAIT)
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

Police say a man who flipped his car with his two young children inside was too drunk to be driving.

Blytheville police arrested Walter Wright, 32, after he crashed his car shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday in the 300-block of East Ash.

According to the initial incident report, Wright said he came off the overpass but could not slow down.

When his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, Wright tried to correct it and veered off the left side of the road, flipping it.

His two children, ages 4 and 2, were in the car at the time of the crash.

According to the report, the children's car seats were hanging from the back seat and not properly secured.

While speaking with Wright, Officer Michael Myatt noted an “odor of intoxicants” and stated Wright’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.

Following a series of standardized field sobriety tests, Myatt determined Wright was “too impaired to drive” and arrested him.

Wright was taken to the Blytheville Police Department and charged with driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving, no child safety restraints, refusal to submit to testing, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.

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