Man accused of driving child to hospital while drunk

SIOUX FALLS (AP) – Police say a Sioux Falls man is facing multiple charges after he was accused of driving drunk while rushing a 1-year-old child to the hospital.

Authorities say the driver reached speeds of up to 70 mph in Sioux Falls, drove on the wrong side of a downtown street and sped through a stop sign before arriving at Avera McKennan Hospital Sunday night.

Officers learned the child had accidentally ingested lighter fluid before the 26-year-old man drove him to the hospital. A preliminary breath test indicated the man had a blood alcohol content of 0.16, twice the legal limit to drive.

The Argus Leader reports police are recommending charges of child abuse, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.


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