LONG ISLAND, NY – Suffolk County Police have arrested a North Bellport man for driving under the influence of drugs with his two children in his vehicle following a motor vehicle crash.
Kevin Nichols was driving a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer southbound on Nicolls Road when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned south of Portion Road at approximately 6 p.m.
Nichols’ two sons, ages 1 and 2, were in the vehicle and taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for evaluation but did not appear injured. Nichols’ front seat passenger, Louis Villafane, 25, of North Bellport, was admitted to Stony Brook University Hospital.
Nichols, 44, of North Bellport, was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years Old or Younger in violation of Leandra’s Law, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Nichols was admitted to Stony Brook University Hospital and will be arraigned at a later date.
The children were released to a family member.
The vehicle was impounded and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information this crash to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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