Deputies believe man drove impaired with child in vehicle

A New Carlisle man is accused of driving while under the influence of narcotics with a 4-year-old boy in the car.

Brian Dague Jr., 29, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with endangering children and possessing drug abuse instruments. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set by Clark County Municipal Court Judge Thomas Trempe at $3,500.

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The Clark County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation Wednesday when a deputy saw a 2010 Black Chevy HHR traveling south on South Dayton Lakeview Road, according to an affidavit filed with the charges.

A deputy wrote in the affidavit that he was familiar with the car and Dague. The deputy said he had pulled him over on June 25 and charged him with OVI, DUS and possession of drug instrument. The deputy also said he pulled Dague over on Tuesday, the day before his latest arrest, and charged him with DUS and possession of a drug abuse instrument.

“As the vehicle noticed that I was waiting in line to pull out onto South Dayton Lakeview, it made an abrupt left hand turn into a parking lot…” the affidavit says. “When the vehicle did so, it failed to signal properly and took the turn so aggressively that I observed the vehicle shift its weight nearly rolling into the parking lot. The vehicle then took off at a high rate of speed through the parking lot at an estimated speed of 40 miles per hour in a crowded parking lot with parked cars, people walking and vehicles traveling in the parking lot.”

The deputy requested assistance and was able to eventually catch up to the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Deputies found Dague was driving the vehicle and he appeared to be under the influence with a child in the vehicle.

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“While speaking with Mr. Dague, I observed that his pupils were extremely constricted, had red bloodshot eyes, a high raspy voice, involuntary muscle spasms, and appeared to be grinding his teeth,” the affidavit says.

“I asked Mr. Dague when the last time he had used meth and he stated he shot up the day prior,” the affidavit says. “I advised Mr. Dague that from my observations I believed it be a lot more recent than that and he stated he did not want to talk about it.”

The deputies said they found the boy inside the car and that the child was not in a booster seat.

Dague was given a field sobriety test and deputies said he failed. He was arrested at the scene.

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