Police Say Couple Left Holiday Party Drunk, Then Crashed Car With Child Inside

Peabody couple facing string of charges, including drunk driving, endangering a child and assaulting a police officer, after the car they were driving crashed into a pole shortly before 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.

Authorities say a Peabody couple out at a relative's house with their young daughter for a New Year's celebration left that party intoxicated and then smashed their Honda Accord into a utility pole down the street from their apartment.

And to top it off, the man attacked a Peabody officer who responded to the crash scene on Perkins Street after a call came in at 12:42 a.m.

Ronald A. Dominguez, 34, of 5 Tanners Ct., Peabody, was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and on a warrant for failure to appear in court on another case.

The Salem News reports that upon arriving at the scene, police spotted Dominguez carrying the four-year-old child and both had blood on their faces. Dominguez reportedly began arguing with an officer and then got into a scuffle before being subdued.

The woman driving the car -- a 32-year-old Peabody resident -- was issued a court summons at the time and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, endangering a child while driving drunk, driving recklessly to endanger and a marked lanes violation.

Dominguez was arraigned in Peabody District Court on Wednesday, reports the Salem News, and subsequently held on $1,000 cash bail. No date was scheduled yet for the woman.

The Salem News reports that the young girl was taken to North Shore Children's Hospital after the crash and did not suffer any serious injury. The woman, who was found outside the car, was also taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the Salem News, the family member who hosted the holiday party told police she pleaded with the couple not to drive and even offered to let them stay over or call a taxi, but they ignored her entreaties.

Police said they found a bottle of vodka inside the car.


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