2009-01-02 / Top Stories

Rockaway Beach Man Busted For Driving Drunk

By Howard Schwach

A Rockaway Beach man was so intoxicated that he had to pull his car over to the curb on Shore Front Parkway at Beach 77 Street at about 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Police say that Alfred Kenlaw, 60, was observed sitting in his car by Police Officer Reginald Jackson of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, who was patrolling the area.

When the officer stopped to see if Kenlaw as all right; court papers say, Kenlaw told him that he had been drinking and pulled over because he could no longer safely operate his vehicle.

Jackson said in a deposition to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown's office, "[Kenlaw] stumbled out of [his] vehicle and fell into the police car."

Jackson added that Kenlaw "had bloodshot eyes, a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and slurred speech."

Kenlaw was transported to the 112 Precinct in Forest Hills, where he was given an Intoxilyzer test, which indicated that that he had a .159 blood alcohol level, nearly twice the .08 legal blood level that indicates a person is under the influence of alcohol.

Kenlaw was arraigned on December 25 on charges of driving with ability impaired and driving while intoxicated.

He was released on his own recognizance for a hearing that was scheduled for mid-January.

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