A 31-year-old man remained in Glendale police custody on Tuesday after allegedly driving his two young daughters unrestrained in car seats while under the influence of alcohol.
The man, Juan Peralta, initially told officers he was trying to rush his children to the hospital. But in addition to the smell alcohol on his breath, police reported another incriminating tip: six Budweiser beer cans inside his youngest daughter’s diaper bag.
Peralta was stopped by police Friday when he allegedly failed to pull over after hitting a Volkswagen at about 1:07 p.m. on Brand Boulevard near California Avenue.
He was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and child endangerment, but remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to police. The ages of his two daughters were not immediately available.
Peralta reportedly admitted later that he fled the scene of the car crash because he didn’t have a driver’s license and was scared of not having his daughters in child safety seats, police said.
The girls’ mother was also in the car — and not wearing a seat belt, officers reported.
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