A drunken ambulette driver with a 77-year-old dialysis patient in his vehicle crashed into two utility poles Monday in Roosevelt before coming to a halt, police said.
Nassau County police said they found driver Pedro Aponte, 45, of Brooklyn, lying on the ground next to the heavily damaged ambulette shortly before 10 a.m. on East Greenwich Avenue near Meyer Street.
“Aponte, upon subsequent investigation, was found to be in an intoxicated condition, was placed into custody and taken to area hospital for evaluation regarding the possibility of additional drug usage and for his complaints of chest pains,” police said in a news release.
Police said they first got a 911 call about an ambulette striking a pole on East Greenwich Avenue near Nassau Road.
While officers responded to that report, there was another 911 call of an ambulette striking a pole about three blocks east, police said.
There, officers found the damaged ambulette, a broken pole and damage to a parked vehicle, police said.
The 77-year-old patient, who was being taken from his home in Queens to a dialysis center in Nassau, had injured ribs and was taken to a hospital, police said.
Aponte was charged with criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol, and leaving the scene of an accident, police said.
Police said the details of his arraignment had not been set.