A man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when Nassau County police said he struck and killed an 81-year-old man in Levittown early Tuesday morning.

James Taggart of Levittown was driving his Chevrolet Geo Prism on Hempstead Turnpike when he hit Robert Chapman Sr., who was walking southbound across the roadway just west of Gardiners Avenue at 5:45 a.m., police said.

The victim was pronounced at scene.

Homicide Squad detectives impounded the suspect’s vehicle for safety inspections while the investigation is continuing.

Taggart was charged with driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.