Drunken driving trip to park with 8-year-old lands man in hot water

A 34-year-old Huron man is in hot water after allegedly driving drunk in Faben Park with his 8-year-old niece in the car. Heath Tittle, 500 block Wilbur Ave., Huron, was charged with endangering children, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.
Heather Chapin-Fowler
May 14, 2010

 

A 34-year-old Huron man is in hot water after allegedly driving drunk in Faben Park with his 8-year-old niece in the car.

Heath Tittle, 500 block Wilbur Ave., Huron, was charged with endangering children, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

He also was charged with driving on a flat tire or rim and leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly ran into a “Slow: Children At Play” sign.

A resident called police May 6 as Tittle drove his black Volkswagen Jetta with two flat tires toward the baseball fields at Faben Park on Adams and Taylor avenues, police said.

Several people pointed to the car as officers arrived at the athletic and recreational park consisting of baseball and softball fields, batting cages, trails, tennis courts, picnic areas and playgrounds.

Tittle had apparently driven off the right side of Adams Avenue on the way to the baseball fields and flattened the sign.

Police noted Tittle’s vehicle sustained front-end damage and had two flat tires while it was parked on a cement block.

“It’s bad enough when he’s driving drunk with a kid in the car, but then he pulls into a park where there’s a lot of pedestrian traffic,” said police Chief John Majoy.

Tittle had trouble maintaining his balance as he stepped out of the car, police said. Officers noted Tittle’s speech was “slurred and thick-tongued” and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

When asked if he’d consumed alcohol, Tittle told officers he’d had a “couple.” The investigating officers also found a pill in Tittle’s possession, the report stated.

As part of the investigation, Tittle’s blood sample was sent to a laboratory to be tested for drug use, Majoy said.

Police released Tittle to his wife, and the child was released to her mother, the report stated.

Tittle is scheduled to appear for an arraignment in Huron Municipal Court today. The hearing was previously continued to allow Tittle to hire an attorney, according to a court clerk.