By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested a man for drunk driving after his car reportedly flipped over and burst into flames on the FDR near East 15th Street last week.
Police said that 38-year-old Cesar Holder was driving south on the FDR on Wednesday, October 9 around 5 a.m. when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle while on the highway and the car flipped over, then bursting into flames.
Bystanders told police that the driver then crawled out of the vehicle and he was standing nearby when officers responded to the scene because of a call about a motor vehicle collision.
Police said that Holder had a moderate scent of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot eyes and incoherent speech at the scene of the collision. Holder was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where testing found that his blood-alcohol level was higher than 0.08. Police said that the FDNY responded and the vehicle was burned out by the fire.
Holder allegedly told police when he was arrested that he had been driving the car and that he didn’t know how he had crashed. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol. An attorney for Holder did not respond to a request for comment before T&V’s press time.