Ron LeeMay 21, 2018, 10:57 am

FiOS1 News exclusive: McDonald’s worker recounts customer’s DWI drive-thru arrest

Lloyd Hubbard says he noticed something was wrong when order line was not moving


FARMINGVILLE — A father from Center Moriches is accused of driving drunk while his two young sons were in the car with him.

Suffolk police say they were alerted by a worker at a McDonald’s in Farmingville that Miguel Alvarado-Gonzales was asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru with his three-year-old son and his four-year-old son both inside his Jeep Cherokee.

McDonald’s worker, Lloyd Hubbard, says he was working the grill just after midnight Sunday when he caught wind of an unusual situation that was unfolding in the drive-thru.

“…Nobody really noticed. I looked at the window and there was no cars moving. So I’m like, ‘what's going on?’” Hubbard says. “’Cause [the] person in the front window, he's cashing cars out perfectly fine, so what's the holdup? And that's when they're like ‘we'll go check. They noticed he was asleep.’"

"They needed to get him out because he was taking up the line. And I told him to pull over, but he didn't want to pull over. He told me he wasn't going to pull over. So I was like, ‘okay.’” Hubbard recalls. “So as he's sitting there waiting, the cops pull up behind him and this girl didn't know I had him waiting there for the cops, so she gave him his food and he pulled off. He stopped at the stop sign, the cops got out of their car, started walking up to him, and he pulled right off, and dipped out."

A short while later, police say officers pulled the Cherokee over in the parking lot of a Stop & Shop gas station on North Ocean Avenue and placed Alvarado-Gonzales under arrest. He now faces charges that include aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under Leandra’s Law, along with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Alvarado-Gonzales was arraigned Sunday.

Police say the two young boys were released into the custody of their mother. Their father is due back in court on Friday.

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