Ice Cream Truck Driver Charged With DUI

A drunken driving arrest was made after a hit-and-run accident. The suspect was behind the wheel of an ice cream truck.

A Frosty Treats driver caused a big ding in the side of a pickup parked at South 25th and J streets in Omaha, then took off without leaving the owner his insurance information. “Come on, you need to talk to me about the problem with the car, but he left,” said Sergio Amaya. The police report put the damage at $1,500.

The ice cream truck driver, 50-year-old Alfredo Galvan, drove almost a mile at 3 p.m. last Monday before police stopped him at 23rd and F for a sobriety test, which he failed badly. “Over three times the legal limit,” said Omaha City Prosecutor David Smallheiser. That's a blood-alcohol reading of .285.

“He's driving an ice cream truck, that's a magnet for kids, kids that may dart in front of him and he has to react quickly and stop. At three times the legal limit, he can't.”

Galvan admitted to officers he had been drinking in the Frosty Treats van. Frosty Treats’ manager William Garbez told Fact Finders the driver has been fired. He showed no signs of drinking on the job and had been a great employee for seven years.

Galvan’s record has a previous drunk driving conviction in 2009, but Garbez said he'll give drivers a second chance if the first DUI occurred years ago. In 25 years, Garbez said this was the first time a driver had been arrested on the job for drunk driving.

“We're lucky he wasn't pulling over for a kid,” said Smallheiser, who added it’s shocking a van covered with safety warnings for children had a dangerous driver behind the wheel.

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