North Bellport, NY - December 26, 2016 - Suffolk County Police today arrested a Commack man for driving while impaired by drugs with his toddler in the vehicle after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash in North Bellport this afternoon.
Stanley Battle was driving a 2005 Mercedes Benz on Sunrise Highway North Service Road, west of Station Road, when his vehicle left the road and struck a hot dog truck parked on the shoulder at approximately 3:50 p.m.
Battle’s 19-month-old daughter, a passenger in the vehicle, was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for evaluation and was released. Battle, 32, of Commack, was not injured.
Fifth Squad detectives charged Battle with Aggravated Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohcol with a Child Passenger 15 Years Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law), Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Contempt 1st Degree and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.
The Mercedes was impounded and the investigation is continuing. Battle will be held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on December 27.
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