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Cops: Dad drives drunk, picks up son from school

A dad who admitted having "a couple of Hennessys" before driving to pick up his son at Herricks High School was so drunk that police were afraid the father would hurt himself during a field sobriety test, court records show.

Surendran Nair, of Dewey Avenue in Albertson, was arrested Tuesday and charged with several misdemeanors after school employees spotted Nair driving on the sidewalk in front of the Searingtown school with his son in the passenger seat at about 3:30 p.m., the records show.

In a deposition, a Nassau officer said Nair was unable to perform a field sobriety test "because the officers feared he would hurt himself as he was unable to stand without assistance."

Assistant Principal Andrew Frisone convinced Nair to give up the car keys, the records say.

At an arraignment Wednesday, Nair, 47, was released on $2,000 bond or $1,000 cash bail on charges of driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated for having a blood-alcohol level that is 0.18 or more, as well as child endangerment, the records show.

A portable Breathalyzer initially gave a blood-alcohol reading for Nair of 0.287. More than an hour later Nair had readings of 0.294 and 0.275. But the later sample was deemed "insufficient," court records say.

Nair was charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test because he "failed to provide a proper breath sample as requested," court records say.

In a telephone interview, Nair said he had two shots of Hennessy and hadn't eaten anything all day. "I was a little bit drunk. That's it," Nair said.

Nair said he and his son have discussed the arrest.

"He said, 'Don't do that again,' " Nair said. "I said, 'I'm sorry. I won't do it again.' "

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