HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Good Samaritans in Hamden helped save a toddler who was being driven by his alleged drunk grandfather on Sunday.
Police say they responded to Dixwell Avenue and Skiff Street around 5 p.m. where two vehicles boxed in 50-year-old Prince Hayward’s car.
An investigation revealed that Hayward was driving northbound on Dixwell with his 3-year-old grandson in the backseat. When his car was stopped on the northbound lane, police say a concerned citizen approached the car to find Hayward slumped over the steering wheel with the car in drive and his foot on the brake.
The citizen then removed the toddler from the car for safety purposes and called police.
Hayward failed a field sobriety test on the scene and it was later discovered that he was 3 times over the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and risk of injury to a minor.
Hayward was held on $5,000 bond and is set to appear in court on November 13th. The child was returned to his mother and DCF was contacted.