Medic chases drunk driver who sped off with kids

Once the medic woke up the driver who was slumped in his car, he immediately drove off


FLINT, Mich. — A paramedic gave chase to an allegedly drunk man after he drove off with two young children inside his car.

Shawn J. Buterakos, 39, is charged with third-degree fleeing and eluding and operating under the influence of liquor with minors in the vehicle, according to Mlive.

Early Sunday morning, a county paramedic deputy responded to a report of a driver slumped over in the driver's seat of car.

Photo Genesee County Sherriff
Shawn J. Buterakos was charged with third-degree fleeing and eluding
Photo Genesee County Sherriff Shawn J. Buterakos was charged with third-degree fleeing and eluding

The paramedic reportedly found Buterakos sleeping with two young children aged 1 and 3 in the backseat. When the paramedic woke Buterakos up, he immediately stepped on the gas pedal and drove off.

The paramedic gave chase for about a mile, Buterakos speeding along a highway and running red lights.

Mlive reports that Buterakos finally pulled over and registered a 0.25 percent blood alcohol content, three times the legal limit. Police also found an opioid painkiller in his car.

Buterakos was arraigned on Wednesday and is held on $10,000 bond.

The children's mother has been in custody since Sept. on allegations that she absconded from probation.

The children were not injured.

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