A Buffalo man has been charged with driving drunk July 4 with seven children in his car on his way home from Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
Brandon Fryer, 27, of Wecker Street, was arraigned Monday before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang on an indictment charging him with 14 counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving through a red light.
Fryer pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.
Defense attorney William Coughlin told the judge that Fryer has five children to provide for and is unable to work because he gets around on crutches after being struck in the leg by a bullet. Fryer was among four men injured last month during a birthday party at a Zelmer Street home, where gunmen fired from across the street.
Erie County Assistant District Attorney Christopher H. Gresham asked the judge to set bail at $5,000.
Fryer was arrested July 4 after police saw him pass a red light at East Ferry Street and Bailey Avenue. Prosecutors said he recorded a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent.
Seven children, ranging in age from 3 to 13, were passengers in the four-door sedan. They included his children and relatives.
If convicted, Fryer faces up to four years in prison, according to District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.