ROCKAWAY, N.Y. (WPIX)—A Queens man is accused of driving drunk on the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk with six children in his car, PIX 11 News has learned.
The incident occurred around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday in Rockaway, Queens.
Officials say Bernal almost slammed into a man walking on the boardwalk and then argued with him before driving off at a high rate of speed.
Police officers quickly tracked Bermal down at the intersection of Beach 108th Street and Shore Front Parkway. He allegedly had bloodshot eyes, a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and was swaying.
Bernal allegedly told the officer, "I was not driving anywhere near the boardwalk, I have been parked for 20 minutes, I didn't have anything to drink."
However, when police administered a breathalyzer test on the suspect, his blood alcohol content was .122 percent -- way above the legal limit of .08 in New York.
Bermal has been charged with reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with children in the car, endangering the welfare of a child, among other charges.
He is also facing charges under Leandra's Law, which went into effect last December, making it a felony to drive drunk with a child under the age of 15 in the vehicle. The statute was named for Leandra Rosado, an 11-year-old child who died after the vehicle in which she was a passenger - being driven by a drunk driver - crashed.
"It is a miracle that no one was injured or killed," said Brown.