A man suspected of a hit-and-run DWI-related crash late Friday evening has now been charged with child abuse for having his four children along for the ride.
30-year-old Jerry Garcia's children ranging from one to 9 years old escaped injury following the crash near the intersection of Boutz Road and Espina Street. A Las Cruces police officer caught up with Garcia a few blocks away.
Garcia's 29-year-old girlfriend, the mother of all four children, was also in the vehicle and was not injured in the crash. No charges have been filed against her.
Garcia was taken to jail and given no bond.