A grandfather was drunk and slumped behind the wheel with his 3-year-old grandson in the back seat in Hamden on Sunday night, according to police, and he was arrested after witnesses, including Quinnipiac University students, intervened.
Around 5 p.m. on Sunday, police were alerted to an alleged drunken driver at Dixwell Avenue and Skiff Street and callers said two other cars had “boxed the man in.” Two Quinnipiac University students were in one of those cars.
Prince Hayward, 50, of Goodrich Street in Hamden, was slumped over the steering wheel and his 3-year-old grandson was in the backseat, crying when one of the Quinnipiac students approached the car, police said.
The vehicle was in drive, but Hayward’s foot was on the brake and the car was stopped, so the witness removed the boy and called police, according to a news release from police.
Hayward failed a field sobriety test at the scene, police said, and a standardized sobriety test revealed that Hayward was more than three times the legal limit.
Hayward was arrested, transported to police headquarters and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and risk of injury to a minor.
He was detained on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Nov, 13.
The child is OK and was turned over to the custody of his mother. The Department of Children and Families was contacted, police said.
No attorney is listed on the court docket for Hawyard, no phone number is listed for him and he was not home when NBC Connecticut went to his house.
Photo Credit: Hamden Police