12/31/2013 9:16:00 AM Cottonwood man charged with driving drunk with kids
Joseph Michael Allen
A Cottonwood man is accused of driving drunk with two teens and a 6 year old in his truck.
Joseph Allen, 30, was arrested Dec. 26 after allegedly fleeing from a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy and ending up on the Yavapai-Apache reservation.
The incident began around 8:15 p.m. on Thursday when the YCSO deputy saw a beige truck swerving across the fog line near the intersection of State Route 260 and Western Drive in Cottonwood. Exiting the city, the truck continued to swerve, according to the report and was allegedly going 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.
When the deputy activated his lights, the truck slowed as if it was going to stop and then pulled away again. Under pursuit, the truck struck a guardrail and continued to weave across the road, according to the report.
Fearing the pursuit would endanger other drivers on the road, the deputy pulled back. The truck continued on and was last seen turning onto Cherry Creek Road at the reservation. Y-A tribal officers escorted the deputy onto the reservation. The truck was found at the end of Cherry Creek Road where it had apparently run into a road-closed barricade.
The four people at the site included Allen, two teenagers and a 6-year-old boy. Allen denied driving the truck. The 17 year old said Allen had been driving and admitted he had been drinking a lot. He reportedly had asked the teen to take his place in the driver's seat, but the teen refused.
The 6 year old had been in the front without a child safety seat.
According to the report, the deputy detected the strong odor of alcohol on Allen's breath. Allen's license had been revoked due to earlier DUI convictions. The deputy allegedly found two freshly empty beer cans and two liquor bottles inside the truck.
Subsequently, deputies located a surveillance tape from a Cottonwood store that allegedly showed Allen getting behind the wheel of the truck that evening and driving away, striking a curb as he went.
He faces charges of aggravated DUI (having person under 15 years in vehicle), DUI on revoked license, fleeing pursuing law enforcement vehicle, reckless driving, criminal damage, and endangerment (times three). He remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.