Man accused of drunk driving with newborn in car will appear in court in May

Local - 4/23/2014 5:07 PM by Karen Franklin

FAYETTEVILLE - A man accused of driving drunk with his newborn in the backseat will appear in court later this month when he is reassigned an attorney.

A preliminary hearing for 41-year-old Leo Lester Belcher was reset for May in Fayette County Court. He was arrested by the Smithers Police Department earlier this month for charges including DUI with a minor in the vehicle, child abuse creating risk of injury and fleeing on foot.

The mother of the child, Jill Conley, was also scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday but waived her time period.

Authorities said Belcher was driving while intoxicated on Route-60, but Belcher told WOAY that it was his wife, Conley, driving legally behind the wheel.

On Wednesday Belcher spoke with Newswatch about running from police.

“I opened the door and went and climbed over her because I thought they had a warrant for my arrest,” he said. “So I was trying -- I shouldn't have, but I was trying to just get away from it, and then they said I was driving and then has a bunch of these other charges put on me.”

Conley faces a charge of permitting DUI. The pair is expected to be back in court May 26.


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