Drunk On-Duty Hudson Valley Park Ranger crashes with 2 kids

A Hudson Valley park ranger is accused of crashing his vehicle while on duty with his two young children in the vehicle.

The Rockland County Sheriff’s Office has reported the arrest of Rockland County Ranger Christopher Granata, 41, of New Windsor, who was involved in an accident while on duty at the County Park. Haverstraw Bay during an Independence Day fireworks display.

At around 9 p.m. on July 5, Granata was driving a John Deere County utility vehicle with his two daughters, ages 1 and 7, in the front passenger seat when he lost control and collided with a parked car.

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All three were thrown from the vehicle. Granata suffered a head injury. Her two daughters also suffered undisclosed injuries. All three were taken to Westchester Medical Center.

During the investigation, the police alleged that Granata was drunk. On Wednesday, lab results indicated the presence of alcohol, police said.

Granata has been charged with DWI, a felony under Leandra Law, vehicular assault, also felony, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, of endangering a child in reckless danger, aggravated DWI and DWI, all misdemeanors.

Granata was released on bail pending a return to court in August.

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