Lufkin PD: 49-year-old man drove drunk with 11-year-old child

Blas Vela (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Blas Vela (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 49-year-old man late Sunday night for allegedly driving drunk with an 11-year-old child in the car.

Blas Edwardo Vela, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail Monday morning on a state-jail felony charge of driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 in the car. No bail has been set at this time.

A Lufkin Police officer spotted Vela driving a Ford Mustang in the 400 block of North Timberland Drive without his head lights or tail lamps on, and pulled him over. Vela was arrested when the officer determined that he was intoxicated.

According to Detective J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, the report did not list the sex of the child. The 11-year-old was released into the custody of a "non-intoxicated female passenger."

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