|The Wayne County Office of the Sheriff reports the arrest of a Newark couple following an investigation into a motor vehicle collision on Parker Road in the Town of Arcadia.
The Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Parker Road and Hyman Road where deputies discovered a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by John R. Malta, 35 of Tellier Road, Newark, NY had been northbound on Parker Road and exited the road after failing to negotiate a curve. The vehicle struck a stop sign and continued another 150 feet off the road before coming to rest in the woods. The investigation revealed that Malta was intoxicated and he was subsequently arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.
It was also discovered that there were 2 children in the car under the age of 8, one of which was not restrained in a child safety seat. Both children were seated in the back seat where there was a steel ladder lying over the top of the second and third seat directly above one of the children’s head. The mother of the children, Shannon M. Trask, 29, of Ressue Rd, Newark, NY was also a passenger in the car. Trask was also arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.
Malta was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content above .18% (.26), driving while intoxicated with a child in the car (Leandra’s Law), failing to submit to a roadside breath test, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and numerous other vehicle and traffic charges. Trask was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for not having her children properly restrained and allowing Malta to drive them while he was in an intoxicated condition.
Both were arraigned in the Town of Arcadia Court before the Honorable Justice Arthur Williams where Malta was remanded to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $3,000.00 cash bail or $6,000.00 insurance bond. He will return to the Town of Arcadia Court on July 18th, 2018 at 3:30 pm. Trask was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to reappear in court on July 18th, 2018 at 4:00 pm.
The Sheriff’s Office contacted the New York State Child Abuse Hotline and completed a request for an investigation into the endangerment the children were placed in by the actions of the mother and boyfriend.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Fairville Fire Department and Newark Ambulance