Rafly Santiago (Courtesy of the Southington Police Department)

Meriden man faces charges of driving drunk with kids in car

SOUTHINGTON — A Meriden man faces charges after police said he drove while intoxicated and hit a pole with two children in the car in July.

Rafly Santiago, 24, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with driving under the influence, risk of injury to a minor, interfering with police, driving under suspension and failure to maintain lane.

Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz, police spokesman, said the arrest was a result of a car accident at 743 Meriden Ave. on July 30.

Santiago was driving northbound when his car drifted off the road and struck a utility pole. Two children, ages 4 and 6, were in the back seat of the car. Santiago and the children were taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment. During the investigation, officers learned Santiago’s license was under suspension.

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