A Brooklyn man was arrested Saturday on felony drunken driving charges after being involved in a crash on the Southern State Parkway while allegedly drunk behind the wheel with an infant in the car, New York State police said Monday.
Reynold Charles, 48, faced a judge for arraignment on Aug. 18 at Nassau’s First District Court in Hempstead. After pleading not guilty to a slew of charges, including a felony, misdemeanor and several violations, he was released on $2,000 bond.
Police said Charles’ arrest came after troopers were called to the scene of a two-car crash on the westbound side of the Southern State Parkway near the Wantagh Parkway at 8:41 p.m. on Saturday.
A trooper began to interview Charles at the scene and quickly realized that he was under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release. Charles, who police said smelled of alcohol, was arrested at the scene.
Inside his Chevrolet Tahoe, police discovered a 7-month-old child. A State Police spokesman told Newsday that other family members were in the car at the time of the accident. It was unclear if Charles was related to the young boy.
After a portable breath test, authorities learned that Charles’ blood-alcohol-content was .21%, nearly three times the legal limit.
He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony under Leandra’s Law, as well as endangering the welfare of a child and several traffic infractions.
Court records show Charles was arraigned Sunday and was released from posted a bond after the court appearance. He is due back in court on Aug. 21.