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Man charged with DUI with 4 children in car

Sergio Javier Cornejo-Garcia

Sergio Javier Cornejo-Garcia

NORCROSS -- A Fairburn man who admitted he wasn't safe to be driving also told police he finished his last beer about 10 minutes before he got behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition with four children inside.

Sergio Javier Cornejo-Garcia, 30, was arrested recently after a Gwinnett County Police officer said he weaved in and out of his lane and his speed was inconsistent, traveling from 50 mph to more than 60 mph. The officer wrote that the incident occurred on Interstate 85 southbound and Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Inside the 2004 Expedition were Cornejo-Garcia's wife along with four children ages 10, 9, 3 and 1, according to a police report. Cornejo-Garcia was arrested for DUI, driving without a license, improper lane change and four counts of child endangerment at 1 a.m. on March 23.

Breath test results for alcohol registered .080 and .077, a police report said.

Online jail records indicate a hold for immigration, meaning the native Mexican will face deportation once his case is adjudicated.

Cornejo-Garcia told an officer that he was using a GPS, which caused the erratic driving, but the officer wrote about a strong smell of an alcoholic beverage along with bloodshot and glazed eyes.

Cornejo-Garcia told the officer that he drank two Corona beers at his sister-in-law's home in Lawrenceville.

Before a field sobriety evaluation, Cornejo-Garcia said he didn't have any physical or medical problems. But after the officer asked him about his pupils being different sizes, Cornejo-Garcia said he had a problem with his right eye, but did not have any head injuries.

During a walk and turn evaluation, Cornejo-Garcia lost his balance, and then said he had back surgery and lingering issues with it.

The wife's sister took possession of the vehicle while Cornejo-Garcia was taken to jail.