WILTON -- The man accused of driving his two children to school while intoxicated last week admitted to drinking and taking Xanax prior to the crash, Saratoga County Sheriff's officials said.
A witness also saw the man's Jeep hit snowbanks and cross the centerline of the road before he stopped at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School on Jan. 22, according to court documents. Once at the school, the witness saw him drop off two children in the student drop-off area before he rear-ended a vehicle there, documents state.
Scott A. Smith, 41, was arrested that morning at the school and was charged with felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, because he had the children, ages 6 and 8, in his vehicle. No injuries were reported.
Documents filed in court Monday shed new light on accusations against Smith and what he allegedly told deputies at the Saratoga Springs City School District building. After the 9:15 a.m. incident, Smith told police he was drinking the previous night, but he said he stopped at 2 a.m., court documents state. A breath test showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.08 percent, deputies said.
Smith also admitted taking a Xanax pill that morning because of stress concerning "reviews," and said, "it put me in a stupor," according to court documents.
Smith also allegedly told deputies: "With the kids in the car, I literally want to cry," later adding, "the fact that the kids were in the car makes me feel like [expletive]."
The witness who spotted Smith driving to the school called 911 after noticing the children in the vehicle and seeing it cross the centerline "completely in the opposing lane," court documents state.
Smith allegedly drove past the school entrance, stopped, backed up in his lane.
"The male driver got out of the vehicle from the driver's seat and he appeared intoxicated and was staggering and almost fell while talking to the driver of the other vehicle," the witness' statement reads.
Smith was released after his arrest and is due back in Wilton Town Court next week.
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