CASPER, Wyo. – A 45-year-old man faces child endangerment charges after police said he went bar-hopping over the weekend with his two children in the truck with him.
Authorities arrested James Alan Moffat outside a CY Avenue watering hole Saturday after someone told police he was in the establishment drinking while his two sons sat in his pickup outside, according to an arrest affidavit.
Police found Moffat in the bar nursing a bloody mary while his children – ages 11 and 3 – were in his Dodge pickup with seatbelts on, authorities say.
A bartender told police Moffat had been at the bar for about 40 minutes and had consumed a “Jack and Coke” before ordering another drink. Moffat claimed to have come from another bar, where he had also left his children in the truck while he drank two drinks, according to the affidavit.
At his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday, prosecutors charged Moffat with driving under the influence and two counts of child endangerment. He pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors.
If convicted, he faces the possibility of more than two years behind bars.
While speaking to police in the bar's parking lot Saturday, Moffat claimed a man was coming to drive his truck home for him. The man showed up in a taxi, and police say he was intoxicated as well. Officers learned there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was also arrested, police say.
Before Moffat's children were given to their mother Saturday afternoon, the 11-year-old told police Moffat had been drinking at their home before leaving the residence for the bar, police say. A jury trial will be scheduled.
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