CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Authorities say a Charleston man was drunk and trying to hitch a ride with a toddler strapped to his back.
State Trooper B.A. Ward went to investigate Monday after receiving calls about a man hitchhiking on the side of U.S. 60 near Belle.
He found Toby James Jackson, 41, of Sixth Street, staggering on the side of the busy road, trying to catch a ride with a toddler in a baby carrier on his back, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Ward wrote in the complaint that Jackson smelled of alcohol and was staggering. Jackson told him the 2-year-old on his back was his son and he was heading to Greenbrier County because he "was tired of his old lady's s---."
Troopers gave the man a breath test and recorded his blood-alcohol content at .167, the complaint said. He told troopers he had consumed several 24-ounce beers that day.
Officers put the child in the cruiser and contacted the baby's mother, Jennifer Moore of Belle. She told troopers she hadn't seen the pair since 5 p.m., roughly a half hour before they were spotted.
Troopers released the boy to Moore's brother, Robert Tyson.
Jackson was charged with public intoxication and child neglect. He is being held on $10,000 bond at South Central Regional Jail.