An Ottumwa man faces child neglect and other charges after police say he was driving intoxicated with kids and drugs in the car.
26-year-old Dillon Cherokee Eagle Cook has been charged with two counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person (Class C felony), possession of marijuana – second offense (serious misdemeanor), and operating while under the influence (serious misdemeanor).
At 9:11 PM on August 18, court records say an officer from the Ottumwa Police Department pulled over a vehicle driven by Cook because the car did not have a muffler in good working order, failed to yield to a pedestrian, and failed to completely stop at a stop sign.
Police say Cook displayed bloodshot, watery eyes and a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. Additionally, Cook’s four and seven-year-old sons were riding as passengers in the rear of the vehicle.
Cook showed impairment during a Field Sobriety Test, according to authorities. A burned marijuana cigarillo was found on the floor of the vehicle on the driver’s side. Cook later admitted to smoking marijuana.
Cook was arrested and transported to the Wapello County Jail. He was later freed after posting a $10,000 bond.