Woodville Man arrested driving while intoxicated with a Child Passenger

by Emily Waldrep

A Woodville man was arrested after driving while intoxicated with a young child in the vehicle and a blood alcohol level of .12.

According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, on Saturday, June 21, Sergeant Hicks with the Woodville Police Department was working traffic on South Magnolia and observed a vehicle with a defective headlamp and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver was identified as Michael Edmund Benedetti, age 34, of Woodville.

While talking with the driver, Hicks detected the smell of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. Hicks also noticed that Benedetti had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Hicks conducted a series of sobriety tests with the assistance of DPS Trooper Bennett. Benedetti's blood alcohol level tested at .12, which is over 1.5 times the legal limit.

Officers discovered that there was a 5 year old child in the vehicle that Benedetti was driving, and Benedetti was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger, which is a state jail felony.