Suspected DUI truck driver wreaks havoc in Northwest Fresno

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When Fresno Police caught up with Michael Childers he was barely able to stand, let alone pass a sobriety test, and the cab of his box truck reeked of booze. (KFSN)

A Fresno motorist managed to run a suspected drunk driver off the road Friday.

It happened near Shaw and Brawley Avenues after, police say, the suspect barreled through several cars in a box truck.

When Fresno Police caught up with Michael Childers he was barely able to stand, let alone pass a sobriety test, and the cab of his box truck reeked of booze.

John DiCicco with Action Towing showed up to haul the truck away.

"He was drinking big, tall, 24 ouncers," DiCicco said. "He was pretty much .21, so he was every bit of it."

Before all this, Lt. Joe Gomez with the Fresno Police Department says Childers was swerving through traffic on Highway 99.

"I heard it on the radio and I thought, 'nah, this vehicle cutting people off?'" Gomez exclaimed.

And when the truck rolled into town, Gomez says, an officer saw it hit a Toyota Prius then the truck plowed through another car and a Chevy truck.

Magali Lopez was in the Prius with her two babies.

"He just ran right into us and he just kept going," she explained. "He didn't even stop to see if we were okay."

The Chevy didn't stop either, the driver followed Childers and cut him off near Shaw and Brawley Avenues.

"I guess he was angry," Lopez said. "He pulled him out and beat him up, show him a lesson."

At this point, Childers was visibly dazed and confused. Officers say he was three times over the limit and was drinking on the job.

"This is a big truck," Gomez said. "Very fortunate no one was seriously injured."

In the end, the truck went to a tow yard and Childers went home.

He didn't get arrested, but he was cited for misdemeanor DUI and misdemeanor hit-and-run.
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