By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A 34-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman from Staten Island were both arrested on drunk driving charges early New Year’s Day after the man plowed into four pedestrians on a Bay Ridge street and the woman jumped behind the wheel of the car and hit parked vehicles, police said.
The male suspect, Charles Amado, also sideswiped six parked cars in the accident, which took place on 93rd Street between Third and Fourth avenues on Jan. 1, police said. The female suspect, Andrea Jobity, sideswiped two cars during her time behind in the driver’s seat, according to police, who said a total of eight vehicles were struck by the pair.
The incident began when Amado, behind the wheel of a 2012 Acura, was traveling eastbound on 93rd Street between Third and Fourth avenues at 3:35 a.m. Just moments earlier, Amado had left an argument taking place at 93 Lounge, a Bay Ridge bar, police said.
Amado sideswiped four cars that were parked on 93rd Street, police said, after which he struck four people on the street. The victims were a 29-year-old man, a 24-year-old man, and two women, ages 27 and 24.
After hitting the pedestrians, Amado backed up the Acura and struck two more parked cars, police said.
At that point, Jobity, who was a passenger in the Acura, pushed Amado aside and took control of the wheel. She struck two parked cars, police said.
Police and EMS units were called to the scene. All six people, the two drivers and four pedestrians, were transported to Lutheran Medical Center. The 29-year-old male pedestrian is listed in critical condition. The other pedestrians are in stable condition, according to police. The 24-year-old man suffered abrasions to his head, knee, and hands. The 27-year-old woman sustained lacerations to her head. The 24-year-old woman had an ankle injury.
Amado and Jobity are in stable condition, police said.
Amado was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and reckless driving. Jobity was also taken into custody. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operator of a vehicle.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reports that a person is considered to be intoxicated when he or she has a blood alcohol level of .08.