Man charged with driving while high on drugs

? The passenger of the teen driver charged with driving while impaired stemming from a fatal April crash has been arrested on similar charges.

Eighteen-year-old Kayla Gerdes was arrested after driving her boss? van and allegedly killing a Hempstead mom.

Police say yesterday afternoon, Gerdes? boss, Brian Steele of Oceanside, was arrested for driving high on drugs in Merrick. Officials say Steele had Xanax and Vicodin in his SUV.

Steele was in the van with Gerdes in April but was not charged in the death of 69-year-old Rebecca Twine. Officials say Steele admitted that he let Gerdes drive.

Steele was released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court June 7.

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