pushing strollerIt was the first-ever SPWI arrest I'd ever heard of.

That's "stroller pushing while intoxicated."

Yup, a dad had his two little boys -- ages 3 and 1 -- strapped into their stroller when he decided to push them down the street.

After he'd just consumed a few drinks.

Now a contrite Steven Melendez tells the Fox affiliate in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, that he feels foolish, and he's going to change his ways.

Says Melendez:

"Point blank I was wrong, I shouldn't have went out and had anything to drink, I mean I wasn't stumbling stupid drunk or nothing but you know it happened, it's over. I've just got to go and do what I have to do to deal with it ... I'm not a negligent father you know and I love my kids, I never put them in jeopardy and maybe that day I made a stupid decision but you know everybody makes a bad decision, I mean no one wants to hurt anybody, especially not their own kids."

Because the kids weren't hurt, we can laugh about this one. But it's certainly scary for parents. 

First because Melendez made the conscious decision not to drive. Which certainly earns him points in comparison to many other truly bad parents.

Add to that the fact that he was going out not to buy more booze but to get a money order near his house.

Unfortunately, he apparently was drunk enough that he passed out on the trip in the cop car to jail. So he may not have thought he was "stumbling stupid drunk," but we all know alcohol clouds your judgment.

It's why I won't have more than a glass of wine or a beer around my daughter. I also won't drink alone with her in the house -- even that one glass.

I was raised in the "role model responsible drinking behaviors" school of child-rearing, and I'm practicing it with my daughter. I will not drink to excess in her presence because I don't want her doing it either.

Melendez may well be a lazy, no-good layabout. But from the sounds of it, he could also be a dad who just made a mistake.

Here's hoping the court orders him to get some treatment.

What's your alcohol limit around your kids?

 

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