Suffolk County Police: Alleged LIE Drag Racing Dad Had No License

Darnell Anderson Out On $1,000 Bail; Neighbors: He'd Race Down Our Street

MASTIC, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Three strikes, you’re out.

Police said he had no license, was drag racing in the middle of the night and brought his children along for the dangerous drive.

On Tuesday neighbors say they are outraged a Long Island father got out on a very low bail, reports CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

Just before 3 a.m. Tuesday and bailed out of jail, the alleged Long Island drag racing dad kicked off his boots and returned to his Mastic home, reuniting with his two children, whose toys were scattered in  the yard. The occupants of the home hid behind closed shades.

Sheriff’s deputies said the father, 25-year-old Darnell Anderson, was pushing speeds of nearly 120 mph at 2 a.m. Sunday down the Long Island Expressway, risking the lives of dozens of innocent people, including his own flesh and blood.

“We clocked him at 118, so nearly 120 with a 7-month-old and a 3-year-old in the car with him, racing on the Expressway,” Suffolk County Sheriff’s Chief Michael Sharkey said.

Sharkey said Anderson was in a reckless speed contest with a drunken friend, Darryl Squires of Bay Shore, while Anderson’s untethered 3-year-old son, and 7-month- old daughter, who was strapped in a car seat, were captive in the back seat.

“There’s no reason to drag race — with kids in the car, or to drag race at all. And wasn’t the other one drinking?” neighbor Jane Tannenbaum said.

Robinwood Drive neighbors claimed Anderson often races along their quiet road.

“You see it’s about a mile straight with stop signs, and he’d blow through stop signs. A lot of the neighbors were concerned,” Larry Tannenbaum said.

Police said Anderson had no license and never should have been allowed behind the wheel.

A family friend who helped rescue the children defended Anderson’s character.

“He’s a good father. He takes care of his kids. I don’t know how this happened. He wouldn’t usually do something like this,” Stephanie Sutton said.

Some of the neighbors, who said the father is a habitual street racer, were outraged his bail was set at just $1,000 after he allegedly drag raced with kids, without even a license to drive.

Anderson’s wife refused comment. She told police she was at work when her husband took their children on the alleged joyride.

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One Comment

  1. RON says:

    It figures some A Hole Judge gave him a break till he kills someone WHAT A JOKE OUR LEGEL SYSTEM IS!!!!!!!

  2. heywood says:

    Three words for you. T. N. B. Those of you in the know will understand.

  3. He is a mindless dangerous jerk! says:

    Stephanie Sutton is a fool. He did do it and it was obviously normal for him to do it. The man should be neutered so that he can’t endanger any more of his own children. Stephanie, are you one of those people who after a child has been killed in some tragic way drops off a stuffed animal to act as a roadside memorial. You may have to do that soon if your friend continues down the path he is racing on. This will have a sad end if friends like you come to his aid every time he does something deadly.

  4. er veteran says:

    channel 2 – why did you not name who set such a horrendously low bail. i did appreciate your phrase of the children being captive in the back seat. ms. sutton – “he doesn’t usually do this” just doesn’t cut it. whoever set the bail should have this fool living in their house. the 3 year old was untethered. i once helped perform 2 person cpr on an 18 month old who was an unrestrained passenger in the back seat of a car and went into the windshield of a car. 25 minutes of cpr on a victim who the parent could not tell the cop or me how long he was unresponsive. no license. hope this fool has the book thrown at him and is behind bars for a long time. no perks for him while in prison. hope besides mom, the kids have someone keeping an eye out for them. having worked in an er, the good people of new york shouldn’t have to pay to price for this fool’s need for speed.

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