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Jennifer Maloney and Michael Amon
February 16, 2009

A Shirley man who crashed a car into a Brentwood telephone pole was charged with drunken driving yesterday morning after police say he rented the car to avoid the court-mandated breath analyzer system in his own vehicle.

Marvin Rice Jr., 27, of 114 Forrest Ave., was driving north on Wicks Road in Brentwood at 5:52 a.m. when he lost control of the rented vehicle and crashed into a pole at Crooked Hill Road, Suffolk police said.

Rice, who according to court records was convicted in 2005 of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, agreed to participate in the ignition interlock device program, police said.

The program requires drivers to submit to a breath test before the vehicle can be started.

The 2007 Volkswagen Jetta that Rice rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car was not equipped with the ignition interlock device, said Suffolk police Sgt. Kevin Beyrer.

Rice was transported by Suffolk police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center, where he was admitted with multiple injuries, police said. No one else was injured.

Rice was charged with driving while intoxicated. His prior convictions include endangering the welfare of a child in 2007 and driving without a license in 2005.

His arraignment is scheduled for April 13 at First District Court in Central Islip.