Driver in downtown crashes had 0.26 alcohol level, Raleigh police charge

Arrest papers filed by Raleigh police say a breath test for a man charged with crashing a GMC van into two vehicles downtown on Sunday night and then driving off showed his blood alcohol was over three times the legal limit for driving.

Police arrested Frankie Christopher Santiago, 29, at West Davie and South Harrington streets, records showed. They listed him as living on South Swain Street.

He was charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident and driving while impaired.

Frankie Christopher Santiago CCBI

Results of a breath test show Santiago registered a 0.26 on the scale used to measure how much alcohol is in blood. The limit for driving is 0.08.

Police also filed a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident in which someone was injured, but it was not clear Monday morning who was hurt.

A police accident report was still being completed, spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.

Police said the van, which a DWI citation says is registered in Arizona, sideswiped one vehicle and hit the back of another at East Cabarrus Street and Chavis Way about 8:30 p.m.

Santiago was freed on a $5,000 bond.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT