Police: Father Charged With DWI After Dropping Off Daughters At School In Northern Westchester

A 34-year-old father was driving drunk at more than twice the legal limit after dropping his two small daughters off at a school in Northern Westchester, police said.

A Yorktown man was arrested for allegedly driving his two young daughters to school while drunk.
A Yorktown man was arrested for allegedly driving his two young daughters to school while drunk. Photo Credit: Pixabay

Thomas Fazio was arrested around 9 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 4, after a school staff member informed Daniel Curtis, the Yorktown Police School Resource Officer at George Washington Elementary School in Mohegan Lake, that a man had just dropped off his children and appeared to be intoxicated, said Yorktown Police.

Curtis stopped Fazio as he was leaving the school parking lot as another officer arrived on the scene to assist.

While talking with Fazio, who originally gave police a fake name even after being told it was a crime to do so, police felt that he was driving under the influence and initiated a blood-alcohol test, police said. 

The test showed that Fazio had a blood-alcohol level of more than .18 percent while driving with his two daughters ages 5 and 6, police said.

Fazio was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI with a BAC over .18 percent, two counts aggravated DWI with a child in the car, DWI, two counts endangering the welfare of a child, and false personation. 

He was also arrested on two outstanding warrants for failure to take a breath test, failure to appear, DWI, and harassment.

Fazio is being held at the Westchester County Jail on $10,000 bond. 

A search of records show that Fazio was arrested on Jan. 8 during a domestic dispute after he allegedly applied pressure to the throat of the victim with both hands which kept the victim from breathing normally, Yorktown police said at the time of the arrest.

He was also arrested in May for failure to appear, records show.

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