Dad Was Drunk Before Crashing Into Pool: Police

A New Britain dad is accused of driving under the influence when he crashed his car into a swimming pool in Ledyard, seriously injuring his children who were in the car at the time.

The crash happened just after 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 25.

Police said Marcus Harvin, 25, of New Britain, lost control of his 2005 Acura, went off Route 12, hit a utility pole and traffic control box, went through a metal guard rail on the opposite side of the road, then crashed upside down in a swimming pool on Baldwin Hill Road in Ledyard.

Harvin was arrested at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. At first, he was charged with reckless driving, first-degree reckless endangerment and failure to obey an officer's signal.

On Tuesday, more charges were added, including second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, two counts of risk of injury to a minor and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Police said Harvin's children who were in the car are 2 and 4 years. Ledyard officers responded and helped rescue Harvin. Groton and State Police were also on scene.

The 2-year-old, who suffered a serious arm injury, was later transferred to Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said. The 4-year-old suffered a fractured leg and has been released from the hospital. Harvin was also treated at the hospital and released.

After the crash, Dominic Ceravolo was cleaning up the mess left behind from the early Sunday morning crash that left debris scattered on the road.

"I just can't believe how they got out of there. Very lucky," Ceravolo said.

Harvin was scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on June 10, but he did not appear in court on Tuesday. The case was continued until June 24.

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