BELFAST, Maine — A local father was arrested Tuesday after he picked up his 5-year-old twin sons from school and drove away — with a blood-alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit, according to police reports.
Jason W. Slaughter, 42, was charged after the Belfast Police Department received a call from the Captain Albert A. Stevens School on Tuesday afternoon reporting that a man appeared to be intoxicated, police said Wednesday.
After Officer Mike Rolerson received the report, he found Slaughter driving his Toyota Corolla on Miller Street near the school with two small boys in the car, according to Detective Bryan Cunningham.
“The vehicle made a right turn onto Court Street, completely on the wrong side of the road,” Cunningham said.
Slaughter, who said he hadn’t had anything to drink, was arrested and taken to Waldo County Jail, where his blood-alcohol level on the Intoxilyzer test registered 0.21 percent, according to police. The legal limit to drive in Maine is 0.08.
Officers also found a usable amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Slaughter’s possession, Cunningham said.
He was charged with Class D operating under the influence, a more serious charge than the usual Class E OUI, the detective said.
“When you’re intoxicated and you have anybody under the age of 21 [in the vehicle], it’s an aggravating factor,” he said.
Slaughter was released from jail on bail, Cunningham said.