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Police and fire


Moped rider with child on lap charged

He told police he had permission from the child’s father to take him for a ride on his moped.

But at the end of the evening Friday, 51-year-old James T. Cook Jr., had a preliminary felony charge of neglect of a dependent to go along with charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 18, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and helmet violation.

According to court documents, Cook, of the 5400 block of Old Maumee Road, was weaving while riding his moped in the area of his home with a child on his lap. When a New Haven Police officer pulled him over, Cook smelled of alcohol and argued with the officer, repeatedly saying he had permission from the boy’s father to have him on his lap.

Cook said he had “a couple of drinks” about an hour before he was pulled over, according to court documents.

A portable breath test determined Cook’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.27 percent. He refused another test at the Allen County Jail, and a warrant was obtained to order him to submit to a blood draw. No information on the results of that test was available, according to court documents.

He remains in the Allen County Jail on $5,000 bond. According to court documents, he has a lifetime driver’s license suspension.