Wareham Man Arrested for Child Endangerment

Accused of driving drunk with child in the car...
Robert Place, age 48, of Wareham was arrested Saturday for child endangerment, accused of driving drunk with a child in the car. (WPD booking photo)

From the Wareham Police Department:

A Wareham man faces child endangerment and other charges after he was arrested for driving while drunk with a child in the car.

Robert Place, age 48, was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 25th and charged with child endangerment while operating under the influence, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, among other charges.

At approximately 6 p.m. officers responded to a report of someone driving erratically on Cranberry Highway.

Officers then learned the driver was headed to Edgewater Drive. They found Place parked in a driveway.

An on-scene investigation revealed that Place was driving while impaired with a small child in the car. Mr. Place was handcuffed, but tried to pull away from officers while yelling.

Place was held on $5,000 bail. The child's age was not released

Acting Police Chief John Walcek praised the officers involved.  “Sadly, we have a child that was put in harm’s way because of the actions of an adult. One of our most important duties is protecting those that cannot protect themselves,” said Walcek. “The officers responding to this incident took immediate and decisive action to ensure the safety of the child.”

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