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Largo man accused of driving drunk with 4-year-old son in car

David Higgins

David Higgins, 26

CLEARWATER — A 26-year-old man arrested Sunday night on charges he was driving while impaired with his 4-year-old son in the back seat, Clearwater police said.

David Timothy Higgins, 26, of Largo, faces charges of driving under the influence and child neglect.

About 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Higgins pulled into the Wendy's drive-through at 900 S Missouri Ave. shortly after the Super Bowl ended to order food. The restaurant manager noticed he was drunk and had a child in the car, police said.

She asked him to pull his car over and wait while his food cooked. Instead, she called police.

Officers arrived and said they noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Higgins. His eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and he failed several sobriety tests, police said.

Higgins told officers he drank five beers while watching the Super Bowl. When they asked him why his son was in the car, Higgins said "he didn't think he was that intoxicated," police said.

Higgins was booked into the Pinellas County jail and released Monday afternoon on $2,500 bail.

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