Machardo Maxwell, 35, of 1072 Nugent Ave., was arraigned Oct. 22 at First District Court in Central Islip on drunken driving, child endangerment and drug charges.
Police said Maxwell was stopped at 9:26 p.m. along the Southern State Parkway when a trooper spotted his Chevrolet Tahoe speeding down the highway. Once he was pulled over to the side of the road, the trooper “detected a strong odor” or marijuana, the news release said. His 13-year-old stepson was also in the car with him at the time.
According to cops, Maxwell displayed visible signs of impairment while he was speaking with the trooper and failed field sobriety tests at the scene. Police administered a chemical test after his arrest, but the results were not available, as of press time.
Investigators also said he was driving without a valid license and his car was unregistered, uninspected and had incorrect license plates.
He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony under Leandra’s Law, as well as endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of marijuana, speeding, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle and switched plates.
County jail records show Maxwell was in custody on Tuesday. Details from his arraignment were not immediately available.