Sarasota man passes out behind the wheel with toddler in the car

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 18:20:00-04

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Shocking cell phone video shows a man passed out at the wheel with a toddler right next to him.

"I just happened to notice. As I was going through the 10th Street light, a guy in the turning lane and then there was a kid standing in the front moving.  When I approached the car, looked at the gentleman and realized he didn't look like he was coherent, " said Sarasota resident Kristen Andrews. 

Andrews was the Good Samaritan who called 9-1-1 after noticing 28-year-old Winston Foulks had passed out in his car.

According to Sarasota Police, Foulks' car was stopped in the turning lane still in drive with his foot on the brake. Cell phone video recorded at the scene shows just how bad the situation was as the car sits in the middle of the road with traffic flowing on both sides, all the while a baby can be seen in the front seat trying to wake him up.

"We arrived on scene and assessed immediately that there was a child in the car, and we just realized just how dangerous this situation was. Luckily the car was not in traffic. It was actually pulled over into a turning lane.  But again this was a very dangerous situation due to the amount of traffic and the fact that the car was in drive," said Sarasota Police PIO Genevieve Judge.

According to the incident report, when officials arrived on scene Foulks' pupils were dilated and his speech slurred. Officials also say they noticed a strong smell of alcohol. As for Andrews, she says she just happy she intervened to prevent the dangerous situation from getting worse.

"I'm just glad I was there at the right time to see because who knows how long they're were sitting there.  And, the baby started to move the tires at that point, you could see him hitting his dad or who ever it was with the cell phone," said Andrews.

Foulks was arrested and changed with driving under the influence and child abuse without body harm.  

He was been released on bond and is expected to be in court in August.