19 year Old Arrested for DWI, Endangering the Welfare of a Child After Motor Vehicle Crash in Stolen Vehicle

Suffolk County Police today arrested a man for driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child after he stole a vehicle, fled police and was involved in a motor vehicle crash in Melville, New York, early this morning Saturday August 5, 2017.

A Second Precinct officer observed a man in a 2001 Ford driving recklessly southbound on New York Avenue at east 15th Street, Huntington Station, New York, at 3:12 a.m. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Bay Shore, New York, at approximately 2:30 a.m. An officer attempted to pull over the vehicle and the driver, Justice Bennett, fled. Bennett lost control and the vehicle overturned and crashed at Old Country Road, west of Ponderosa Drive, at 3:16 a.m.

Bennett, 19, of Bay Shore, was transported by the Melville Fire Department to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow for treatment of serious injuries. A 13-year-old passenger and two 14-year-old passengers in the vehicle were all transported by the Melville Fire Department to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Second Squad detectives charged Bennett with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, three counts of Aggravated DWI (Leandra’s Law), three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Unlawful Fleeing of Police. He is scheduled for arraignment at a later date.

The vehicle was impounded for a safety check and the investigation is continuing.


A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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