Would you like a DUI with your Happy Meal?
Edmond Gully had apparently had more than just a dollar tea to drink last Saturday evening, when police found him passed out in an SUV with nine children at a Witchata, Kansas, McDonald's drive-thru.
KAKE reports that a McDonald's customer saw Gully parked in the drive-thru in an SUV full of kids, and called police about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning to express concern for the children's welfare.
When police responded to the "check-the-welfare" call, they found Gully, 32, passed out behind the wheel in the vehicle and the children unsupervised.
The officers suspected Gully, who was driving on a revoked driver's license, was under the influence of alcohol, but he refused to submit to a test for substances. He was arrested and booked into jail on multiple counts of DUI – one for each child in the vehicle.
Kansas Department of Revenue records show that Gully's license has been revoked or suspended multiple times since 1998.
According to the arrest report, Gully was also booked on suspicion of child endangerment.
The nine children ranged in age from 12-years-old to five months. Police say that six of them were Gully's children and the other three were his nieces and nephews.
Police Lt. James Espinoza told the Wichita Eagle he couldn't remember ever seeing a DUI case with so many children in one vehicle.
"We're very fortunate that a citizen took the time to call 911 for not only the children in the vehicle but the driver," Espinoza said.
None of the children had been injured, and they were released to a family member. Gully has since bailed out of jail.
DUIs and drive-thrus seem to be in the news quite a bit lately. In a similar Inquisitr report, a homeless California man was found passed out at the wheel with a baby in the car at a McDonald's drive-thru in December. The man also had a loaded gun in the car, and when bystanders who heard the baby crying finally managed to wake him, he grabbed his possessions and began walking away. Alcohol was suspected to be a factor in that case also.
In a more high-profile case, CBS Sports reported that NFL free-agent quarterback Tyler Thigpen was arrested in November after passing out behind the wheel at a Myrtle Beach Wendy's drive-thru, where police found him sleeping with his foot on the brake after a 911 call from nearby business. Officers suspected Thigpen, who was quite confused when they woke him, had been drinking, but he claimed that he had not consumed alcohol and refused a sobriety test.
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