Police said Rafly Santiago was under the influence when he crashed a car with children in the back seat.
A Meriden man was charged with driving under the influence after getting into a crash in Southington with two young children in the car, police said.
Just before 5 p.m. on July 30, Rafly Santiago, 24 of Meriden, veered off the road near 743 Meriden Avenue and hit a utility pole, police said.
Two children, ages 4 and 6, were in the back seats of the car. Santiago and the children were hurt and transported to Hartford Hospital.
Police said Santiago gave police a different first name and investigators learned his driver’s license was suspended at the time of the crash.
Police said they also developed probable cause to show that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the crash.
Santiago was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol/drugs, risk of injury to a minor, interfering with officers, operating under suspension and failure to maintain lane.
Santiago was held on a $10,000 surety bond and due in Bristol Court on Sept. 11.