San Augustine PD: Center man drove drunk with 9-month-old in car

Jessie Roland (Source: San Augustine County Jail)
Jessie Roland (Source: San Augustine County Jail)

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - Following a traffic stop near the Brookshire Bros. on Columbia Street Saturday night, San Augustine Police officers arrested a 26-year-old Center man for driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 in the car.

Jessie Roland was arrested at the scene for state-jail felony DWI with a child and transported to the San Augustine County Jail. He was released later Saturday.

According to Chief Jesse Fountain of the San Augustine Police Department, Roland was pulled over when he failed to yield the right of way when he was turning on to Main Street at approximately 4:47 Saturday. Fountain said the officer noticed that Roland's speech was slurred and that he appeared nervous. A 9-month-old child was found in the vehicle's back seat.

Roland failed several field sobriety tests at the scene. Later, he consented to a portable breath test and allegedly blew a .102 blood alcohol level, Fountain said. A person with a blood alcohol level of .08 is considered to be legally intoxicated in the state of Texas.

Fountain said that Roland admitted to having a couple of beers with some of his friends before he was pulled over.

The baby's mother came to the scene and took custody of the child.

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