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BCSO: Toddler in backseat of car with ‘incoherent’ driver, shrooms

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man traveling with a toddler in his SUV was arrested Saturday after deputies found him sleeping behind the wheel while parked in the middle of Coors at about 2 p.m., according to a criminal complaint.

An inventory of the vehicle recovered a small glass pipe and a bag of hallucinogenic mushrooms, deputies said.

A Bernalillo County deputy reported that a vehicle swerved into his lane on Coors near the Rio Bravo in an attempt to avoid an SUV parked in the right lane.

The deputy diverted traffic around the stopped SUV and noticed that the driver was reclined in his seat and unconscious. As the deputy parked and exited his vehicle, the SUV started to drive away “at a slow rate” repeatedly crossing into the neighboring lane. The vehicle eventually stopped near the Las Estancias intersection and the deputy reported he identified the driver as Bradrick Butler, 36.

“Butler appeared to be incoherent…and was having difficulty making eye contact with┬áme,” the deputy reported. When the deputy asked Butler for identification, Butler reached to the left, and the vehicle began to roll backward. The passenger whom the deputy said was “staring blankly at me and was not responding to my requests,” was able to turn the vehicle off.

After Butler provided his ID, the deputy asked him to exit the vehicle and he turned over his wallet, emptying its contents into his lap. He later performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to the complaint.

He was arrested on a child abuse charge.

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