On Monday night police stopped the driver of a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse after reports he had been driving erratically.
Officers said the driver, 23-year-old Robert Soto was intoxicated at twice the legal limit, according to breathalyzer results.
While police were interviewing Soto a young passenger in the car spoke up to say there were six more kids inside, although there was only room for three. That passenger, Ashton Voorheis, said he feared for his life while Soto was driving.
"I had all the kids get down, I got down myself and I was asking him to pull over the car and he would not pull over," said Voorheis.
Voorheis said the whole time he was pleading with the driver he had his little sister and two other kids next to him in the back seat, and three more children riding in the trunk.
The other adult in the car that night is the mother of two of the kids who in the trunk. She did not want her name used in this story, however she told CBS 5 News, "I was honest with the cops- I told them I made a bad decision, but was I supposed to just leave the kids there? I thought, 'Let's just get through this,' but it backfired."
The mother said she knew it was not the safest way to drive the 15 miles home, but she never felt the kids were in real danger.
"Everyone makes mistakes. We made a mistake that night but Robert was not drunk," she said.
However Voorheis' mom feels very differently and can't understand how someone she trusted with her kids could have been so reckless. "I would never do that with my own children," said Jaime Voorheis, "let alone do that with someone else who trusted you with the most precious thing you have in your life."
Both Soto and the mother in the car with him are facing several counts of child endangerment.
CBS 5 News learned this is not Soto's first time behind bars. He has been arrested five times in the past- including one other DUI and a hit and run crash.