A traffic stop of a car traveling on the LIE in Plainview without its headlights on turned into an arrest Sunday after the officer found the driver both unlicensed and drunk -- with his young children in the car, police said.
Carlos A. Sanchez, 28, of Hempstead, was charged with three counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operator, driving with insufficient headlights and with having an unrestrained passengers under age 10.
Sanchez, of 22 Yale St., is scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.More coverageComplete coverage: Suspected DWI crashes, arrests on LI
Nassau County police said Sanchez was stopped on the westbound Long Island Expressway, near Exit 46, Sunnyside Boulevard, in Plainview, at 10:35 p.m. Sunday by a highway patrol officer who'd seen him driving with no headlights. During the stop, police said, the officer found that Sanchez was unlicensed -- and, was under the influence.
Police said Sanchez had his three children -- sons ages 3 and 6; a daughter, 1 -- in the car with him and said the younger boy was not in a child safety seat but was unrestrained.
The children were not injured and were later released to the custody of a relative.
Leandra's Law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with children 15 years or younger in the vehicle.