Father accused of drag racing with kids in car

October 18, 2011 2:19:08 PM PDT
A Long Island father was arraigned in court today accused of drag racing with two young children in the car.

Police say he got up to 118 miles an hour on the Long Island Expressway in Ronkonkoma.

25-year-old Darnell Anderson is not about to win any prizes for father of the yearif there's truth to police's claims.

"Wildly irresponsible behavior, not something you or i would ever engage in," said Chief Michael Sharkey.

Investigators are calling this "baby's first drag race", but they say what happened on the LIE this weekend, is far from funny.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, they say Anderson, who has no drivers license was racing with his brother, 30-year-old Darryl Squires.

A deputy paced them, at 118 miles per hour, and caught up to find Anderson riding with his seven month old daughter and three-year-old son. The three-year-old was unrestrained!

Stephanie Sutton is the family friend who took custody of the kids when police arrested their dad.

"He takes care of his kids i don't know how this happened," she said.

Since then, she says she passed them on to their mother.

The whole family lives together in a house in Mastic Beach, where someone tightened the blinds when Eyewitness News came knocking.

Neighbor Larry Tannenbaum says he commonly sees Anderson racing up and down the block.

"He got yelled at a few times by myself and my neighbor who lives on the corner over there," he said.

Anderson is facing a litany of charges including endangering the welfare of a child. H

e's already bonded out of jail but not before a judge signed an order of protection, protecting both of these kids.