A man has been accused of drunken driving more than double the legal limit with a baby in his SUV that he crashed on the Southern State Parkway in Wantagh over the weekend.

Reynold Charles was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe westbound when he was involved in a collision with another vehicle near the Wantagh State Parkway at 8:41 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Troopers smelled alcohol on the breath of the 48-year-old Brooklyn man, who was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent, nearly three times the limit of 0.08 percent, police said.

Charles had a child younger than a year old in his truck at the time, police added.  There were no reported injuries.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated with a minor, a felony under Leandra’s Law, and traffic violations.

Bail for Charles was set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. He id due back in court Wednesday.


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