SALTON CITY â€“ El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint referred a man driving with two children passengers to Imperial County Sheriffâ€™s Office deputies after he was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol Tuesday night, according to a U.S. Border Patrol a press release.
According to reports, the incident occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. when a 31-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a silver pickup truck with two minor males, ages 14 and 11. During the agentsâ€™ immigration inspection, they suspected the man was under the influence of alcohol.
Agents contacted the Imperial County Sheriffâ€™s Office out of concern for the motoring public and the safety of the minors in the vehicle, said the release.
At approximately 11:45 p.m, a deputy from the Imperial County Sheriffâ€™s Office responded to the checkpoint and conducted a field sobriety test of the driver and placed him under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The manâ€™s vehicle was impounded and a family member who lived nearby picked up the two minor children, according to the report.
â€œOur agents did a good job in taking a clear public safety threat off the road,â€ said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim in the release. â€œOur agents were concerned with the kids in the vehicle being at risk of being involved in a crash and the danger to other drivers on the road.â€