Erratic driving leads to arrest of pickup driver

A Franklin man was arrested after police said he was intoxicated while driving with his 8-year-old daughter in the vehicle.

Christopher Haywood, 38, was arrested Tuesday on charges of operating while intoxicated with a previous conviction, neglect of a dependent and resisting law enforcement.

A New Whiteland police officer spotted a pickup truck when the driver locked the brakes quickly to avoid hitting the rear of a vehicle at a stop sign on Tracy Road, New Whiteland Town Marshal Ed Stephenson said. The officer watched the truck swerve over the center line and then saw the driver swerve and overcorrect, almost going off the road and hitting a tree.

The officer stopped the pickup on Ashland Avenue and saw that a girl was riding in the truck without a seat belt.

Haywood declined to do field sobriety tests. He was taken to a hospital for a blood draw to test for alcohol and was being uncooperative, Stephenson said.

The girl was released to her mother after the arrest.

Haywood, 795 Canary Creek Drive, was taken to the Johnson County jail, where he was being held on $5,500 bond.