Suspected DUI driver who crashed with children in car released

MENIFEE – A convicted drunken driver, whose two young children were in his Ford Explorer when he crashed the SUV in Menifee while allegedly under the influence, was released from custody today.

David Carlo Engleton, 46, of Menifee was arrested Thursday afternoon following the rollover wreck near the intersection of Briggs Road and Gardner Lane.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s officials, Engleton lost control of the Explorer while trying to negotiate a turn, causing the SUV to overturn.

Deputies arrived moments later and found the suspect, along with his 2- and 5-year-old daughters, at the scene, said sheriff’s Sgt. David Rico.

Engleton and the children escaped injury. An adult passenger apparently fled the location before deputies arrived, according to Rico.

The sergeant said Engleton was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.

Engleton posted $2,500 bail and was released from the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta this morning.

According to court records, he was convicted of misdemeanor DUI in March and sentenced to 48 months probation. He has a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction from 2011, as well as a felony conviction for spousal abuse that same year.

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