For Immediate Release
Sunday, September 09, 2018
Incident: Man Arrested for DWI after Driving Vehicle into Canal
Location: Miami Road, near Idle Hour Boulevard, Oakdale, NY
Date/Time: Sunday, September 9 at approximately 12:40 a.m.

Suffolk County Police arrested a man early this morning for Driving While Intoxicated after he drove his vehicle off a foot bridge into a canal in Oakdale.


Christian Ayala-Garcia was operating a 2006 Ford F-150 pick-up truck on Miami Road at approximately 12 a.m. on September 9 when he attempted to drive across a foot bridge over a canal. The vehicle veered off the bridge and into the canal. Ayala-Garcia exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. Fifth Precinct officers apprehended Ayala-Garcia at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Idle Hour Boulevard near Connetquot Drive.


Ayala-Garcia, 35, of Central Islip, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He is being held overnight at the Fifth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip in the morning.



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Authority: Geraldine Hart, Commissioner 18-520207
Suffolk County Police Department

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