A Perkins Township police officer spent much of his time Wednesday night trying to find a responsible guardian for a 4-year-old child found wandering the streets unsupervised.
The child's grandfather, David L. Smith, responded to the Perkins station to pick up his grandchild, but police reported they refused to turn the child over when they determined Smith was intoxicated.
Smith, 59, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and child endangerment for the incident.
An officer responded to an 8:08 p.m. call of a child walking alone near the 200 block of Michigan Ave.
The child was unable to lead the reporting officer back to where he came from, so the youngster was taken to the Perkins police station where Smith later arrived to pick up the child.
Smith told officers he was watching his grandchild and another child for his daughter who was working. Smith said he was chasing after the other child when the his grandchild wandered out of his back yard. He said he was trying to locate his grandchild when a neighbor told him police had the child.
Police reported Smith smelled of alcohol and, after several sobriety tests were performed, was considered to be intoxicated.
Smith reportedly admitted to drinking three beers within the hour.
Smith's grandchild was later released into the custody of his grandmother.