Police: Hopkinton dad drove drunk with 8-year-old daughter in vehicle

The suspect allegedly told police he had just gotten home from picking up his daughter at the YMCA.

A Hopkinton father is facing charges after he allegedly slammed into another vehicle while driving drunk and then left the scene, after picking up his daughter from a local YMCA Friday evening.

Sanjay Khanal, 50, is being charged with child endangerment while driving drunk, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, operating to endanger, and failure to keep right. He was arraigned in Framingham District Court and was released without bail with a pre-trial conference set for March 20, according to the MetroWest Daily News.

The victim called police at 6:09 p.m. and told them that a car had crashed into his vehicle near Clinton and East streets in Hopkinton and that, after mirrors on both vehicles made contact, the other driver didn’t stop. The victim told police he followed the other driver to his residence.


“He stated he tried to speak with the other operator, however they had shut the garage door to avoid talking,” the police report says.

Two kids answered the door when police went to Khanal’s home, and then Khanal allegedly admitted to police that he was involved in the crash and that he knew it was against the law to leave the scene.

“When I asked Sanjay why he left, he did not have a reason,” the police report says.

Police said they could smell alcohol on Khanal’s breath while speaking to him. He allegedly told authorities that he’d had two beers and had just gotten home from picking up his 8-year-old daughter from the YMCA on East Street.

Khanal agreed to multiple field sobriety tests, all of which he failed, according to police. Police arrested Khanal, and, while at the police station, his blood alcohol content was registered at .216 and .202, over twice the legal limit, they said.

Police also contacted the state Department of Children and Families due to Khanal’s daughter being in the vehicle during the alleged incident.

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