Drunk driving suspect arrested after family injured in Albertville wreck

Drunk driving suspect arrested after family injured in Albertville wreck
Faustino Otero Garcia (Source: Marshall County Sheriff's Office)

ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - An undocumented immigrant is in custody after Albertville police say he slammed into a local family, sending them to the hospital Monday night.

Police arrested 48-year-old Faustino Otero Garcia on charges of driving under the influence. He was later charged with first-degree assault.

Police believe the family had stopped in a fast food restaurant for a bite to eat but were then slammed into by an impaired driver.

The accident happened just after 6 p.m. in front of the Wendy's on Highway 431. Police say Garcia was driving erratically, and a driver behind him was trying to call police to inform them.

They say he then did a U-turn and began traveling southbound at a high rate of speed, striking the family leaving the parking lot.

The father and one of his sons were taken to Marshall Medical Center South where they were treated and released.

Two other young children were flown to UAB where their conditions are not known.

"You know, the investigation starts there. The accident, the cause of the accident, obviously right now we think alcohol is going to be a very large contributing factor," said Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith.

Garcia's bond at the Marshall County Jail was set at $250,000, but police say he has an immigration hold.

Garcia also had his 9-year-old grandson in the vehicle with him at the time of the crash. He was not injured and was turned over to a family member.

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