WATERLOO – A Waterloo man has been arrested for allegedly leaving his children home alone.
Bertin Bengehya Chabene, 37, allegedly left to buy milk Friday night but was stopped for drunken driving before he could return home, according to court records.
According to police, an officer spotted Chabene’s Ford Freestyle traveling slowly without headlights or taillights at about 6:43 p.m. Friday in the area of Wisner Drive and West Ninth Street. Officers noticed an odor of alcohol and a Styrofoam cup of wine, and he allegedly failed a field sobriety test and provided a breath test with a reading of .101, court record state.
Police determined that Chabene had left his two children, ages 9 months and 5, alone at his West Ninth Street home alone, records state. Police said the children were found unharmed. It wasn’t clear how long the children had been left alone.
Chabene told police that he left to purchase milk, but authorities determined that he had passed up a gas station and grocery store before the traffic stop, records state.
Waterloo police arrested Chabene on Friday for first-offense operating while intoxicated and two counts of child endangerment. He was later released from jail.