According to police, the James Bailey was driving while intoxicated with two other passengers in the vehicle down North Wall Street.
Bailey allegedly veered off the road and hit a utility pole. The crash caused the 17-year-old back seat passenger – later revealed to be Bailey’s foster child – to be thrown from the car and strike the same utility pole the car hit.
Police say Bailey has been charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and assault following the crash.
Both the 17-year-old and the front seat passenger were immediately rushed to the hospital.
According to police, the front seat passenger, Joel Young, was taken to Midstate Hospital with minor injuries. The teen passenger was flown to Hartford Hospital and is currently in critical condition in the ICU.
The Department of Children and Families Commissioner released a statement in regards to the accident saying in part:
We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the child, his family, school personnel, our community partners, his Attorney and the Department staff who have worked closely with him for a number of years.
Upon learning of the incident, we immediately began a review of our involvement with this child and the care he received while placed with this family. An investigation has already commenced by our Special Investigations Unit regarding the specific circumstances leading up to the accident.DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes
Since the arrest, Bailey was released after posting a bail of $200,000 and is set to appear in court on December 15.
The accident is still under investigation by the Meriden police.
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