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Police: Drunk driver caught with kids in car

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Challa Fayissa

A Murfreesboro man who was arrested Saturday afternoon is facing multiple charges after police allegedly caught him driving drunk with four children in the car.

Challa J. Fayissa, who has been convicted of driving under the influence once before, was arrested just before 2:30 p.m. on Interstate 24 near the South Church Street exit.

In addition to facing a second DUI offense, Fayissa has been charged with reckless endangerment in connection with the incident, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report filed by Officer Robert Palmer.

Palmer reported that he stopped Fayissa to investigate a possible seatbelt violation. During the initial investigation, however, Palmer said he suspected Fayissa was intoxicated due to his demeanor.

“The driver, identified as Mr. Fayissa, had bloodshot eyes and an odor consistent with the smell of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” Palmer said in the report.

When confronted about the situation, Palmer said Fayissa allegedly “admitted to drinking” prior to driving, though the 30-year-old Tennessee native did not explain why he had “four children younger than 8 years old in the backseat of his vehicle.”

“None of the children were in booster seats,” Palmer said.

After releasing the children to a family member, Fayissa was taken into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center to be booked on the charges.

He was released on a $7,000 bond less than five hours later.

A preliminary hearing on all the charges has since been scheduled for later this year in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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