DUI stop leads to arrest for felony child neglect

A 47-year-old Bradenton man was arrested July 20 for felony child neglect without great harm and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

The Holmes Beach Police Department received a complaint that a man who appeared to be intoxicated was getting into his vehicle with a child.

An HBPD officer initiated a traffic stop as the man was attempting to leave a parking lot in the 3200 block of East Bay Drive. Upon making contact with Keith Marquis, the officer confirmed there was a small child in the vehicle.

The officer also noted a strong smell of alcohol coming from the driver, as well as two small bottles of rum in the front seat. One bottle was empty.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to assist with the possible DUI. Upon arriving, the deputy confirmed a strong odor of alcohol and discovered several more small bottles of rum in the vehicle toolbox.

The driver was asked to exit his vehicle and, according to the probable cause affidavit, was unsteady on his feet.

Marquis told the deputy he may appear to be intoxicated due to medications he was taking for pain, but also admitted to drinking “a little,” according to the report.

The deputy conducted a field sobriety test and determined Marquis failed the test, at which time he was placed under arrest for misdemeanor DUI and felony child neglect.

Marquis was transported to the Manatee County jail and held on $1,500. He posted bond the following day and was released.

His arraignment is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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