A man was arrested at about 2 a.m. Friday after police saw him driving the wrong way in the area of Snell Isle and Coffee Pot boulevards.
Officers soon determined that he was impaired and that he had a baby in the car with him, arrest reports state.
Matthew Thomas Noll, 29, is facing charges of child neglect, drunken driving, fleeing police and refusing to submit to alcohol testing. Bail was initially set at $15,150 and he was released from the Pinellas County jail Friday evening, records show.
Just before 2 a.m. Friday, officers spotted Noll driving a silver F-150 pickup and running a stop sign at Snell Island and Coffee Pot boulevards, then saw him drive on the wrong side of the road, arrest reports state.
Officers tried to pull him over, reports state, but he kept going. He eventually stopped on 10th Avenue NE and was taken into custody.
Inside the truck, police found a baby sitting in a child restraint seat. They also noted that the rear driver’s side window was shattered and shards of glass were around the child’s seat. The baby also was covered in dried food, reports state.
Noll refused to participate in field sobriety tests or provide a breath sample, but officers noticed that he smelled of alcohol, talked slowly, had a dazed expression and bloodshot eyes, and was unsteady on his feet, reports state.
Officers noted in reports that Noll has been twice convicted on DUI charges. Those charges occurred in 2011 and 2012.