Police: Dad passed out at wheel with whiskey in child seat, toddler unbuckled

A father is in the Henry County jail after he put his whiskey bottle in the car seat instead of his son.

Henry County Police were responding to a 911 call about a man sitting slumped behind the wheel of his car along Jodeco Road at a traffic light. The light had changed several times, but the car hadn't moved. When another driver saw a man asleep behind the wheel and a little boy in the front seat, he called police.

According to the police report, the responding officer saw the man passed out with his foot on the brake. A two-year-old boy was in the front passenger seat without a seat belt or car seat.

Instead, the officer saw the car seat in the back was holding a whiskey bottle. He had to knock on the window three times to get the man's attention. When he woke up, he took his foot off the brake and it started rolling backwards. The officer shouted for him to put it in park, and he did. The man identified himself as Robert Eugene Mobley. He didn't have a valid driver's license because it had been suspended in July after a DUI.

Mobley told police he only had one beer, but failed a field sobriety test.

At the Henry County Police Department, officers also found a small baggy containing a white powder. Mobley told the detention officer it was cocaine.

The 2-year-old boy was released to a 74-year-old family member.

The entire incident was recorded on the patrol car's camera and audio system. Henry County Police told 11Alive they would not be releasing that video or answering questions because the incident is under investigation.


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