Man accused of driving drunk with child in backseat

Mugshot: West Warwick Police Department

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man was arrested Saturday on charges he was driving drunk with a 4-year-old boy in the backseat.

According to West Warwick police, a patrolman pulled over a car on Bridge Street after spotting it run through a red light.

The driver initially gave the officer a fake name, but police said his identity was determined to be Dana Leyland. He failed field sobriety tests at the scene and later failed a breathalyzer test at police headquarters, according to police.

Leyland, 32, told police he provided a fake name to avoid arrest on three outstanding warrants and because he didn’t have a license to drive.

During the traffic stop, the officer spotted a small child sleeping in the backseat. The boy was not injured and has since been returned to the care of his mother, according to police.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, Leyland was charged with DUI while transporting a child under the age of 13, obstructing an officer in the execution of his duty, and driving without a license. He pleaded no contest at his arraignment and is currently being held at the ACI.

According to police, Leyland was previously convicted of another DUI within the past five years.

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