The Oceanside man who let a woman drive the van that killed a Hempstead resident mowing her lawn, police say, now faces charges for an unrelated incident of driving while impaired and drug possession after he was stopped for not wearing a seat belt.

Nassau police said Thursday they saw Brian Steele, 29, of 2868 Calvin Rd., driving a 2007 Cadillac Escalade on Wednesday at about 1:50 p.m. on Narwood Avenue in Merrick without a seat belt.

Steele was asked to step out of the Escalade and "appeared to be unsteady on his feet, have slurred speech" and was "slow to respond," the release said. A sobriety test indicated impairment, police said.

A search found Steele had assorted pills - including a Xanax in his pocket and Vicodin in his vehicle's center console - police said.

"I take oxys, vics and xanes, too," Steele told police, according to court records. At one point, according to court records, he said he had been taking the drugs for six years. Later, he said 10 years. He blamed the drug use on an accident years ago.

Told he was being arrested, records show Steele said, "This is crazy. Arrest some real criminals. What did I do?"

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On April 20, Steele admitted to letting Kayla Gerdes, 18, of Freeport, drive his van while she was allegedly high on painkillers. Steele was a passenger when Gerdes jumped a curb and ran over Rebecca Twine, 69, who was gardening outside her Hempstead home, police said. Twine died of her injuries.

Gerdes, who police said was high on oxycodone at the time of the incident, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter and other charges.

Steele was arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead on two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while impaired by drugs and other charges. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on Monday.

A call to his defense attorney, Michael DerGarabedian, was not immediately returned.