SCARSDALE, N.Y. - A man who flipped his car after striking a tree in Scarsdale over the weekend was arrested with a blood alcohol content nearly triple the legal limit, Scarsdale Police said.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, police were dispatched to the intersection of Walworth Avenue and Brayton Road, where there were multiple reports of a vehicle roll-over.
Upon arrival, police reported that there was a white sedan on its roof in front of a Walworth Avenue home, and a male - later identified as 33-year-old Bronx resident Daniel Ortiz - standing next to it, beside a tree. Officers spoke with the man, who said he was not injured and was the only passenger in the vehicle.
Ortiz told police that he was attempting to make a left turn from Brayton Road southbound onto Walworth Avenue when he struck the curb and an adjacent tree, causing him to lose control and the vehicle to flip.
According to police, during their initial contact, officers reported a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Ortiz told police that he had been at his cousin’s house in White Plains and was on his way home to the Bronx and that he “had pounded a couple beers in the past hour.” During the inspection of his vehicle, police also found an open Heineken bottle.
Police said that Ortiz failed multiple Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. An alco-sensor pre-screening test tested positive for the presence of alcohol with a reading of .219 percent. At approximately 1:20 a.m. the following morning, Ortiz had his blood drawn at White Plains Hospital for additional testing.
Ortiz was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated and was cited for having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. He was released on $150 cash bail. He is due back in court later this year.