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Avon resident arrested for drunken driving with 2 children in car

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AVON, CT (WFSB) -

An Avon man was arrested Sunday night in Massachusetts after police said he was caught driving under the influence with his two young children in the motor vehicle.

Hingham police received an emergency call of a 2003 BMW 325I being "all over the road" in the area of Route 3A and Route 228 just before 7 p.m.

After pulling the driver over, officers noticed a 7-year-old and 10-year-old inside the BMW. However, the BMW was still running and still "in drive."

The driver who was identified as Bradford Belding, 44, 110 Mallard Dr., "had extremely slurred speech, very glassy eyes, smelled of a strong odor an alcoholic beverage and was swaying as he sat in the driver's seat," according to police release.

Belding agreed to participate in a field sobriety test, however as he got out of the car, he stumbled and fell against the rear door, police said. An officer had to prevent him from falling, the release said.

Belding, who admitted to officers that he drank two beers, was arrested and charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with child endangerment, driving with open container of alcohol, driving to endanger and driving with a suspended license.

The children were taken to the police station where the mother picked them up. A report has been filed with The Department of Children and Families.

Belding was held overnight on a $250 bond and was arraigned Monday.

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