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Father accused of driving drunk with toddler in back seat

He came for a meal, but ended up going to jail.

A Richmond man now faces charges after police say he pulled up to a restaurant drive-thru drunk with a toddler in the back seat of the car.

Richmond Police arrested 35-year-old Allen Strickland.

On Friday night, employees at the Long John Silver's on the Eastern Bypass say Strickland raised some concern as soon as he drove up to the drive-thru.

"Some guy came through obviously really drunk, she said you could smell the alcohol on him in the store," restaurant employee Allyssa Harris said.

Police say Strickland was driving drunk, with an 18-month-old boy in the back seat.

"I didn't know he had a kid in the back, I had just seen him, and he shouldn't be driving," restaurant employee Mikayla Needham said. "And then I did see the kid when he pulled through and I saw the kid in the back and I was really concerned about it."

After realizing the driver may have been intoxicated, and had a child in the car, the employees came up with a quick plan.

"We didn't want him to drive off and something possibly happen," Needham said. "So we said, 'We forgot something in your order and please pull to the side.' We kept him here as long as we possibly could."

The plan worked. Police met up with Strickland in the restaurant's parking lot, and say they later determined he was at least two times over the legal alcohol limit to be driving.

The child's mother was called to pick him up. He was not hurt.

Strickland was charged with DUI, having a suspended license, and wanton endangerment.


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