A 34-year-old Rye man was charged with a felony, driving while intoxicated Monday afternoon after his car downed a utility pole with his two children in the back seat.
A 34-year-old Rye man was charged with a felony, driving while intoxicated Monday afternoon after his car downed a utility pole and some curve marking signs while his two children were riding in the back seat.
Michael Furman of 30 Ellsworth Ave. had a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, police said. The state limit for DWI is 0.08.
His 2-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were not hurt when Furman crashed his Arcadia SUV into a pole about 1 p.m. on Manursing Avenue, police said.
Commissioner William Connors said Furman declined medical attention and that his wife picked up the children at the accident scene. Furman was released on $1,000 bail. There is a mandatory referral of the case, under Leandra’s Law, to Child Protective Services, Connors said. Under Leandra’s Law, driving drunk with children under 16 in the car is a felony.