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Enid man arrested for third alleged DUI with son In car

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ENID, Okla. -- An Enid man behind the wheel with a suspended license is arrested for allegedly driving under the influence for the third time this year.

This time, his child is found in the backseat of the car.

Police say 39 year old Neil Kanel refused to take a breath test, but was arrested because he struck a curb, parked in grass and smelled of alcohol.

But it's what his child was doing in the car that drew their attention in the first place.

"I don't want to do that again," Kanel told NewsChannel 4 Thursday afternoon at his home.
He said he feels bad about being arrested for DUI Monday evening.

He's from the Marshall Islands in the Pacific and he struggles with english, but he denied a police report that says when he was pulled over, he admitted to drinking eight beers before driving.

"Oh no, it was a six pack," he said. Kanel was asked if he thought he was OK to drive. "Yeah," he replied. "I thought it was going to be OK."

Kanel said he was only driving a short distance to pick up his son at a nearby water park.
Police say they pulled him over because they saw his son standing up in the back seat, which could result in a felony child endangerment charge.

"I feel bad," Kanel said. "Real, real bad."

Enid police Sgt. Dustin Albright said Kanel was "absolutely" endangering his child and shouldn't have been on the road in the first place because his license had already been suspended.

"It doesn't matter, I don't think to some people, what you do to their license," Albright said. "They're going to drive anyway."

Kanel told us after taking DUI classes, he won't be drinking and driving again.
"No more," he said. "No."

The Garfield County District Attorney did not return our calls, but an Oklahoma County Assistant D.A. said because Kanel has yet to be convicted on any of his previous DUI charges, none of them would be felonies. However, we're told a child endangerment charge is a felony.

If convicted of that charge, Kanel could face up to four years in prison.

Charges from Monday's arrest have yet to be filed in Garfield County.

Kanel was scheduled to appear in court on September 5th.