Two New Mexico deputies unexpectedly became babysitters after they pulled a man over for DWI and found children in the car.
Cuddling an infant.
Making formula on the side of the road.
Not skills you learn at the academy, but for Bernalillo County Deputies Roger Garcia and Sam Rodriquez.
You learn a thing or two from being a dad and an uncle.
Deputy Sam Rodriquez, Bernalillo County Sheriff Office says, “I’ve always baby-sat since I was a kid but
I’ve never done it with a gun on my belt in the passenger seat of a patrol car with a rifle right next to me.”
Investigators say 24-year-old Jeffrey Salas was driving drunk Monday night with three kids in the car.
A 2 and 5 year-old as well as a 2 month old baby who deputies say was in a car seat but not buckled in.
Deputy Sam Rodriquez said, “We had to remove him from the kids view. The last thing we wanted to do was expose these kids to a negative law enforcement with their father.”
All of the kids needed to eat.
Deputy Roger Garcia says, “What hurt me the most is when we asked when is the last time you ate and they couldn’t remember and they were hungry.”
Three other deputies arrived to help going to McDonalds to get food.
Deputy Garcia mixed formula by flashlight and Deputy Rodriquez held the child, wrapped in a warm, pink blanket.
Deputy Sam Rodriquez says, “It was a bunch of cops in uniform trying to make a bottle on the side of the road. We’re trying to use our heater to warm up the water for him.”
They also changed dirty diapers.
Rodriquez says, “It was really hard to be professional when we have such strong opinions about the morality of the situation. And we really tried to keep it together for the welfare of the kids, really tried to be happy with them, and really try to give them a secure feeling.”
Turns out there are some things formal deputy training can’t teach you but life can.
The kids were later released to the Children, Youth and Families Department.