WINTERS (CBS13) – Officers arrested a driver and passenger accused of being passed out drunk in a fast-food drive-thru with an unrestrained 4-year-old in the back seat, the Winters Police Department said on Wednesday.
The driver, Monica Cook, 33, faces charges of a DUI and child endangerment. Thomas Oliver, 34, faces charges of public intoxication and child endangerment. Both are from Madison in Yolo County, north of Winters.READ MORE: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
Cook was allegedly found holding an open bottle of tequila. Winters police said the car was in park but running when the two were found in a Taco Bell drive-through along the 700 block of Matsumoto Lane.
“It pisses me off,” said parent, Robert Parrish. “You don’t ever put your kids’ lives in danger like that.”
Officers had to wake both Cook and Oliver up before they took them into custody. The drive-thru DUI is frustrating some parents like Pricilla Perez who has six of her own children.
“They don’t deserve children. Children are a gift. There are people out there that can’t even have children. For you to be blessed with a child and be an irresponsible parent, you have no right to be a parent,” explained Perez.
Perez said she is glad the police stepped in before anyone got hurt.READ MORE: Sacramento Kings Tickets Back On Sale, But COVID-19 Guidelines Will Discourage Booing Or Yelling
“It could’ve been a car accident. They wouldn’t even be here right now, what if all three of them lost their lives,” she said.
Winters police said the child was located in the rear passenger seat with no seatbelt. The department said this happened just before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Other parents hope this will be a wake-up call the two need.
“They have got to get some serious help, explained Scott Bernd. “They should lose them(the child). If you can pass out waiting in line for some food with your kid in the car both of you passed out,” he said.
Cook and Oliver were booked into the Yolo County Jail.MORE NEWS: Placer County Deputy Investigating Mail Theft Finds Out He Himself Was A Victim
See both mugshots below.