Vanderburgh County man accused of driving drunk with 6-year-old son in truck

Man arrested on OWI, neglect charges

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - A man has been arrested after police said he was driving drunk with his 6-year-old son in the truck.

Jack Hatfield, 34, of Vanderburgh County, was arrested Monday night after a string of incidents that included Hatfield chasing another vehicle during an argument, police said.

Vanderburgh County sheriff’s deputies stopped a truck driven by Hatfield on West Franklin Street about 6:45 p.m. His son was screaming for help when deputies approached the truck, police said.

Hatfield refused to let go of his son’s arm until a deputy forcibly removed his hand from the child, according to the report. Deputies wrote that Hatfield was unsteady on his feet and told deputies he was drunk and told them to arrest him.

Witnesses told deputies that the incident started when Hatfield and his girlfriend got into an argument. According to the report, the witnesses said they believed Hatfield’s girlfriend drove her car through a garage door of the residence and then Hatfield started chasing her in his truck. The woman is not identified in the report.

According to the report, Hatfield initially told deputies he was too drunk to pass a field sobriety test, but then consented to a blood test. His blood alcohol content level was reportedly 0.21, more than twice the 0.08 legal limit in Indiana.

The boy was released into the custody of his mother, according to the report.

Hatfield was preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger younger than 18. He is being held without bond at the Vanderburgh County Jail.

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