Police: Man drove drunk and caused crash that injured five

A New York City man is facing charges for allegedly driving drunk and causing a hit-and-run rash that injured five people last week in Albany.

The incident took place on Feb. 24 just before 12:30 p.m. State Police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Adel A. Hafiz, 21, of Staten Island, on Western Avenue for vehicle and traffic violations. Hafiz did not comply and entered the town of Guilderland. He ran a read light at the intersection of Western Avenue and SUNY campus road and struck multiple vehicles.

He was taken into custody with the assistance of an off-duty Albany Police officers. Further investigation discovered that Hafiz had allegedly been involved in a hit-and-run crash on Western Avenue in Albany just before he was observed by State Police.

Five people had minor injuries during the crash.

Hafiz was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, and traffic violations. He was issued tickets and will be Guilderland Town Court and Albany City Court at later dates.