2008-07-18 / Top Stories

Drunk, Unlicensed, Crashes Into Home

By Nicholas Briano

An unlicensed drunk driver says that he fell asleep just before his car jumped a curb this week and crashed into the side of a house at Beach 132 Street and Beach Channel Drive at 6 a.m. on Sunday, but police point to another reason for the crash.

Police officers from the 100 Precinct responding to a call, observed the green 1999 Ford wedged between a house and a telephone pole. They found Marcus Harris, 22, of 6914 Hessler Avenue in Arverne, standing outside the vehicle. They state that he appeared to be visibly drunk.

Harris admitted to police that he was the one who drove the car into the house, after falling asleep at the wheel.

Driving with only a learner's permit, Harris also admitted to drinking after police noticed that he had bloodshot, watery eyes and a strong smell of alcohol.

The unlicensed driver was given an Intoxilyzer exam, and court documents show that Harris had a .079 blood alcohol level, right on the border of the .08 level necessary to declare a person drunk.

A passenger in the car, identified by court records as Stanley Reynolds, was injured in the car and taken to Peninsula Hospital Center for evaluation.

The car driven by Marcus Harris was wedged between a home and a telephone pole, and the passenger had to be cut out of the vehicle. The car driven by Marcus Harris was wedged between a home and a telephone pole, and the passenger had to be cut out of the vehicle. Harris was charged with driving without a license and driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was arraigned this week and released without bail. His next court date was set for August 14.

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