A Whitehall man who allowed an 8-year-old boy to drive a vehicle while sitting on his lap has been arrested following a crash. The child was later transported to Albany Medical Center with injuries including a fractured arm, fractured rib, a punctured lung, and leg injuries.

According to News 10 ABC, Brett Reynolds, 36, is accused of taking his mother’s vehicle, without permission, allowing the child to drive with the kid sitting on his lap. Police said that the child was un-belted and allowed to steer the car while he was working the pedals. Sadly, the child suffered serious injuries following the crash. Reynolds then left the child, crying, outside of a residence in Whitehall, at approximately 11:30 p.m., before fleeing the scene.

Reynolds 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. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the New York State Police in Greenwich at 518-692-3015 or in Granville at 518-642-0599.


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