RONKONKOMA, NY, AND WEST BABYLON, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — A Ronkonkoma mom driving with her two young children is behind bars Thanksgiving morning for allegedly trying to run over her boyfriend in West Babylon, crashing into a house instead, and then filing a false police report saying the man punched her—and police have it all on video, Suffolk Police announced.
Berline Francois-Torres, 28, of 47 West 1st Street in Ronkonkoma was arrested after she allegedly tried to pin the blame on her boyfriend after she crashed the vehicle, the Suffolk County Police Department announced early Thanksgiving morning.
According to police, Francois-Torres was driving a 2010 Nissan eastbound on Fulton Street in West Babylon — with her two children, ages 5 and 9, in the vehicle — when the vehicle left the roadway and crashed through a fence and into a house at 30 Fulton Street on Tuesday at 7:20 p.m.
Police told OnSachem News Thursday morning that there were no injuries during the crash, and that custody was arranged to care for the two children following the arrest of their mother late Thanksgiving eve.
“Francois-Torres reported to police that her boyfriend had been in the vehicle, and that he had punched her in the face, intentionally grabbed and turned the steering wheel, and caused the crash,” police announced. “She further stated that her boyfriend had fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival.”
However, police said Francois-Torres allegedly fabricated the story.
“Upon further investigation, First Precinct Crime Section officers obtained video surveillance that contradicted Francois-Torres’s account of the incident,” police stated. “The video showed that Francois-Torres’s boyfriend was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash, and that she intentionally drove the Nissan at him in an attempt to run him over, when she instead lost control of the vehicle, which then crashed through the fence and into the house.”
First Precinct Crime Section officers based in West Babylon arrested Francois-Torres at her Ronkonkoma residence at 11:50 p.m. Thanksgiving eve. Francois-Torres was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd Degree, Making an Apparently Sworn Statement 2nd Degree, Reckless Endangerment 2nd Degree, and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, according to police.
Francois-Torres was held at the police precinct overnight. She is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Thanksgiving Day.