A Hempstead man is accused of fleeing from police on a motorcycle with his 7-year-old son on the back through Uniondale and East Garden City on Saturday evening, police said.
Third Precinct officers saw Donnell Waters, 30, driving a blue 2006 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Westbury Boulevard in Uniondale shortly before 7 p.m., police said.
Waters and the boy were wearing helmets but without required facial protection, police said.
Waters stopped at a red traffic light at Westbury Boulevard and Oak Street and officers turned their patrol vehicle’s emergency lights on to pull over the motorcycle. When the officers got out of the vehicle and began to approach the motorcycle, Waters allegedly sped away, police said.
The officers followed and saw that Waters and the boy had been ejected from the motorcycle at Commercial Avenue and Oak Street in East Garden City. Waters was uninjured and the child was treated for minor injuries at a hospital and released to his mother.
Waters was arrested and officers found suspected marijuana and suspected crack cocaine in his possession, the release said. The helmets both were wearing are considered “novelty” German-style helmets that are not approved by the Department of Transportation, police said.
Waters is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, unlawful fleeing of a police officer and other traffic violations.
He was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Nassau County police said in a news release.