Tacoma

Troopers: Tacoma man was driving drunk with 5 kids in his truck

Troopers: Tacoma man was driving drunk with 5 kids in his truck
Armando Romanisabel
TACOMA, Wash. -- A Tacoma man accused of driving drunk with five young kids in his truck was charged Monday with five counts of reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Armando Romanisabel was driving drunk late Saturday night on Highway 410. When a Washington State Patrol trooper first spotted him near Sumner, the trooper said Romanisabel was weaving into another lane.

When the trooper stopped the truck, he found two female passengers and five kids -- ages 3- to 8-years old -- crammed into the Chevy crew cab. Two of the kids were sharing the same lap belt, while the other three weren't wearing seat belts, according to troopers.

A woman who troopers say was in the truck that night said she's married to Romanisabel. The woman, who did not want to be identified, said they were at a party and had to get home, so Romanisabel offered to give them a ride.

Romanisabel was also driving with a suspended license and has been arrested before for DUI, according to court documents. Troopers say the Tacoma man is supposed to have a DUI interlock device on his truck, but did not at the time of his arrest.

Romanisabel is being held in Pierce County jail, charged with DUI, driving on a suspended license, not having an interlock device installed and five counts of child endangerment.

None of the children were hurt. They were picked up by their grandmother after the arrest.