Police: Columbus man drove drunk with child in the car

Matthew Louden. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police say that a man was driving drunk at more than twice the legal limit with his child in the vehicle Saturday night.

Witnesses reported seeing a car weaving in and out of traffic at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday night on National Road near Westenedge Drive, according to police reports. Police stopped the vehicle driven by 36-year-old Matthew L. Louden of Columbus. A juvenile passenger was in the vehicle, who was identified as Louden’s child.

Officers report that they noticed a strong smell of alcohol on Louden’s breath. He failed several field sobriety tests and a breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .169%.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle, with a BAC of.15% or greater, and with endangerment