Police: Man drove drunk with child in vehicle
A Baltimore man had his young niece in his pickup truck when he was caught driving drunk on Route 30 in Manchester Township, charging documents allege.
Elcid Stoute, 37, of 3423 Merle Drive, is free on $2,000 bail, charged with child endangerment, DUI, failing to use a child booster seat, failing to obey a traffic-control device and turning without signaling.
He was pulled over about 12:45 a.m. Friday by Officer Erika Eiker of Northern York County Regional Police after she saw his westbound Mazda B2500 turn left onto North George Street from Route 30 from the center "straight" lane, according to charging documents.
There are two left-turn lanes at that intersection for westbound traffic, but Stoute used neither of them, police said.
After being pulled over, Stoute said, "I'm trying to get home," Eiker wrote in documents, "but (he) could not provide me with an address for where he was going."
He said he had missed Exit 19, which is the Market Street exit of Interstate 83.
Sleeping niece: Stoute's 6-year-old niece was curled up and sleeping in the passenger seat next to him, according to police, who said she wasn't in a booster seat or strapped in with a seat belt.
"When asked where he was coming from, Elcid stated he was coming from work but later advised he got off work at 5:30 p.m. in Maryland and was not able to tell me where he was after that," Eiker wrote. "It appeared Elcid was very confused, and I could hear that his speech was slurred. I also saw that he was very sweaty and appeared nervous."
Additionally, Stoute smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and subsequently failed field-sobriety tests, including being unable to recite the alphabet, charging documents allege. He maintains he drank just one Long Island iced tea, police said.
Eiker arrested Stoute, and officers called the 6-year-old's father, who drove from Maryland to York County to pick up the girl. He told police he knew his daughter was with Stoute but said he didn't know Stoute had been drinking, charging documents state.
A message left for Stoute was not immediately returned.
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