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Drunken man was pushing baby in stroller through oncoming traffic, police say

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SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested a man Friday who they say pushed a baby in a stroller through oncoming traffic while intoxicated.

Austin William Atom Carter, 25, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail at 7 a.m. Friday for investigation of child abuse, child endangerment and intoxication.

Carter was spotted pushing a stroller through traffic on 400 South in downtown Salt Lake City with his 11-month-old daughter inside, according to police.

“At approximately 350 East, drivers of cars swerved to avoid colliding with (Carter) and child. (He) then crossed TRAX lines and got the stroller stuck on the track,” a police affidavit states.

Police say Carter was “heavily intoxicated and was unable to stand without swaying, unable to form coherent thoughts, (and) smelled heavily of alcohol.”

The baby was “wet, cold and visibly dirty” and also smelled “heavily of alcohol” that officers believe was spilled on her, according to the affidavit. Carter was arrested for “wilfully placing her in harm’s way by taking her into oncoming traffic and in front of trains.”