By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested two people this week outside Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village for car crashes caused by alleged drunk drivers, one of which resulted in a car getting flipped over.
Police were responding to the corner of First Avenue and East 20th Street because of a vehicle collision on Friday, February 26 at 4:14 a.m. and Linda Roth, 32, was allegedly behind the wheel of a car with the engine running. She allegedly had bloodshot, watery eyes and a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. Police said that she was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech.
Upon further investigation, police found that Roth was driving on the First Avenue service road and allegedly jumped the sidewalk, driving into a traffic sign pole and crashing into a concrete flower box. Police said that she submitted to a Breathalyzer at the scene and blew .158. The legal limit for blood alcohol content is .08. Roth was removed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment and for a blood test to determine her blood alcohol level.
Julian Middleton, 21, was arrested at the corner of Avenue C and East 23rd Street on Saturday, February 27 at 4:10 a.m. Police were responding to the scene of a collision and upon arrival, found that Middleton’s car was allegedly flipped upside down at the scene.
According to multiple witnesses, Middleton was behind the wheel of the car driving north on the FDR service road and allegedly proceeded to jump the curb and hit a rock fixture, which caused the vehicle to flip over and land on its rooftop. Police said that Middleton had bloodshot, watery eyes and when he was given a Breathalyzer at the scene, he blew a .127. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for a blood test to determine his blood alcohol level.
The Fire Department said that two patients were transported to Bellevue for treatment for minor injuries in connection with the second incident, but no further information was available about the second person who was injured.
The drivers in both incidents were charged with intoxicated driving and unclassified traffic infractions.
This follows an incident two weeks ago in which a man, after getting into an argument with a cabbie, allegedly took off in his taxi. He then crashed the vehicle outside Stuyvesant Town on First Avenue ans 15th Street, injuring another driver.