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Children Call Cops on Father Accused of Driving Under the Influence in Wallingford: Police

Wallingford Police have arrested and charged a man with DUI and child endangerment after an incident on Saturday.

Officers were called to The Pit Stop on Woodhouse Avenue around 7:30 p.m.

When police arrived, three children told them that 48-year-old John Sweeney was driving erratically and they had asked him to pull over, according to police.

The children had also tried pleading with their father to let them get someone else to drive and police said he responded with vulgarities before kicking them out of the vehicle and speeding off, police said.

According to the police report, the children walked just under a mile in the dark, in some areas without sidewalks, to a gas station on Woodhouse Avenue where they called 911.

Officers went to Sweeney's home and took him into custody. Police said he told them he was drinking and driving.

Sweeney was released on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 28.

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