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Drunk driver arrested, charged with child endangerment

A man driving under the influence was arrested and was charged for child endangerment following a short pursuit with a CHP officer, CHP said.

Posted: May 25, 2021 12:49 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - A man in Oroville took off at high speeds from a California Highway Patrol officer attempting to make a traffic violation stop Saturday, CHP said.

31-year-old Mark Perry of Oroville began a short pursuit after exiting State Route 32 at Central House Road around 9:30 p.m.

On Central House Road, Perry turned left and accelerated to speeds exceeding 70 mph before the car became disabled a half-mile east of SR-32, CHP said.

Perry was immediately detained by an officer who showed signs of alcohol intoxication.

The officer noticed Perry had three children in the car which were found to not properly secured in child seats.

CAL FIRE and Butte EMS responded to the scene and treated the children who had minor injuries. The children were released to family members.

It was determined later Perry was driving under the influence and his driver’s license was suspended for a previous DUI.

Perry also had multiple prior arrests for DUI and was on probation for DUI offenses.

Perry was booked in Butte County Jail for multiple charges including child endangerment and multiple felony DUI-related charges.

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