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Three children found in vehicle with suspected drunken driver, Pct. 4 says

Michael Laracuente was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated with child passengers, deputies say.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Three young children were removed from a vehicle of a suspected drunken driver over the weekend.

Michael Laracuente, 26, was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated with child passengers, according to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

Deputies say that on Sunday they responded just after 3 a.m. to the 19700 block of State Highway 249 in reference to a suspected drunk driver. An off-duty officer observed the suspect driver run two red lights, turn onto oncoming traffic and fail to maintain a single lane.

The deputy located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Laracuente, had three child passengers, ages 6, 7 and 8.

Credit: Harris County Pct. 4 Constable's Office
Michael Laracuente, 26, was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated with child passengers, according to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.

Deputies say he displayed several signs of intoxication. Child Protective Services were contacted and were advised the situation.

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The children were released to their mother who arrived at the scene, deputies said.

Laracuente was booked into the Harris County Jail and his bond was set at $3,000.

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