A Pearl River man is being held in the county jail today on felony drunken driving and resisting arrest charges as a result of a high-speed chase on Route 304 in New City, according to Clarkstown police.
Frank Kapiti, 47, was charged with violating New York State's Leandra's Law because two passengers in his 2011 Toyota Avalon were under age 16.
Police said a Clarkstown police officer attempted to stop Kapiti at about 1 a.m. Sunday after spotting the Toyota traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Route 304. Kapiti, police said, did not stop — instead, the car accelarated and went through two red lights and hit speeds topping 80 mph.
The car finally stopped on a Route 304 exit ramp.
Police said they ordered Kapiti out of his car, but refused and then struggled as town officers arrsted him. Police said Kapiti appeared intoxicated when he was arrested.
Inside the Toyota were 2 occupants both less than 16 years of age.
Kapiti was taken to Clarkstown Police Headquarters in New City, where Kapiti failed field sobriety tests and a chemical breath test for alcohol. He was arraigned in Town Court in New City and ordered held in the Rockland County Correctional Facility in New City on $2,500 bail pending a July 30 hearing.
Kapiti was charged with:
- Aggravated DWI with child passenger less than 16 (2 counts), a felony
- Reckless endangerment (2 counts), a misdemeanor
- Endangering the welfare of a child (2 counts), a misdemeanor
- Resisting arrest, a misdemeanor
- Unlawful fleeing a police officer, a misdemeanor
- Numerous vehicle and traffic violations