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Norwalk dad faces DUI, child endangerment charges

Cary Ashby • Feb 1, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Additional charges may be forthcoming in the case of a Norwalk man who was stopped by police Sunday in connection with driving under the influence, with his 12-year-old daughter in the vehicle.

Thomas Sommers, 45, of 7 Queen Anne Way, likely will be charged with driving under the influence, Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said.

Officers have submitted a partial report about a child endangerment allegation, he said, "but we need the rest of it to make a determination."

O'Hara said an additional charge of child endangerment is also being considered.

"Assistant law director Doug Clifford has requested additional information into the charges," O'Hara said. "Right now, we just have a partial report, so it's currently under investigation."

Child endangerment is a first-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, Sommers could face a sentence of up to 180 days in the Huron County Jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

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