CORNING - An intoxicated passenger in a red truck allegedly became belligerent and agitated Monday, leading to several charges.
Albert Valentin, 50, of 4093 Ontario Center Road, Walworth, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree reckless endangerment and overdriving, torturing and injuring animals.
Valentin, allegedly punched a dog continuously in the vehicle and later tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver to cause a wreck.
Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding said Valentin, as well as a female driver, a 15-year-old boy and a dog were traveling from Walworth to Corning.
“Valentin was doing shots of whiskey the entire trip,” Spaulding said. “He became drunk, hit the dog on several occasions and grabbed the steering wheel and yanked it as the driver attempted to safely navigate the roadway, almost causing an accident.”
Spaulding said when the truck arrived at a Canisteo Street location, the female driver and the 15-year-old fled the vehicle to a nearby house and quickly called police. Patrolmen responded and Valentin was still sitting in the truck.
“He was taken into custody without any incident,” Spaulding said.
Valentin was arraigned in Corning City Court by Judge George Welch and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail. He will reappear at a later date to answer to the charges.