Police: Man arrested after letting 8-year-old child drive, causing crash

(Courtesy: WTEN)

WHITEHALL, N.Y. (WTEN) – A man is facing a number of charges after police say he let an 8-year-old child drive a car.

Brett Reynolds, 36, is accused of taking his mother’s car without permission and letting the child sit on his lap without a seat belt and steer the car while he was working the pedals.

Police say the child suffered serious injuries following a crash, after which Reynolds allegedly left the child crying outside a home before running from the area.

The 8-year-old was later transported to Albany Medical Center with a fractured arm, fractured rib, a punctured lung, and leg injuries.

Reynolds was ultimately arrested on an unrelated warrant by the Glens Falls Police Department. He was later turned over to New York State Police troopers at Glens Falls Hospital where he was receiving treatment for injuries from the crash.

He was charged with first-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle, first-degree vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a serious personal injury accident, all felonies. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Police say additional charges are pending.

He was arraigned and was remanded to Washington County jail without bail.