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Driver gets DUI with kid in car
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John Fortner

A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday night — after picking up his son from a youth baseball game.

According to reports, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office got phone calls about a possibly impaired driver traveling in the area of Highways 21 and 119. A deputy observed the suspect vehicle all over the roadway and conducted a traffic stop.

The driver, John Fortner, 34, of Guyton, was driving his small child home from the Effingham County Parks and Recreation fields. Another child also was in the vehicle.

According to the ECSO, the driver’s registered blood alcohol was almost two and a half times the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, two counts of child endangerment, failure to maintain lane and littering. He was released Tuesday on $6,754 bond. The children were turned over to their guardians.

With the upcoming holiday weekend and high school graduation, the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing patrols.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit will be participating in the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Click it or Ticket Campaign. They will be concentrating on speeding, seat belt enforcement and looking for impaired drivers.