On 7/8/2016 at 11:16 p.m. , The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call regarding an attempt to locate or welfare check on a minor child who was being driven around by a subject who was possibly under the influence of alcohol. The reporting party provided information to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office on the child and male subject’s possible whereabouts. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the male subject in the 4400 Block of 410th Avenue. As a result of the investigation, Vance Scott Yates III, age 20 of Mallard, was charged with Child Endangerment and Possession of Alcohol under Legal Age. Yates was also administratively charged with a zero tolerance revocation through his consent to a breath test from the invocation of the Implied Consent Advisory. Vance Scott Yates III was booked in and held in the Palo Alto County Jail until his initial appearance before a magistrate judge.
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