Nassau police arrested a Syosset woman Tuesday night and charged her with Leandra's Law violations after she was seen driving erratically in Westbury with her daughters in the car.
Police said a witness saw Laura Cachell, 32, driving a 2000 Acura near 1085 Old Country Rd. at about 10:40 p.m. "in an erratic manner" and called police. Third Precinct officers responded and found Cachell in front of a Dollar Tree store at 1057 Old Country Rd.
Cachell, of 108 Colony Lane, was found to be intoxicated and was arrested, police said. Officers found several pills, including oxycodone and carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant, in her bag. Cachell's 9- and 8-year-old daughters were in the car at the time, and were released to their grandfather at the scene, police said.
Cachell is charged with two counts of Leandra's Law, three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while ability impaired/combined influence (alcohol and drugs), driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired, police said.
Leandra's Law, named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a passenger 15 years of age or younger in the vehicle.
Leandra was killed in a DWI accident in October 2009 when the vehicle she was riding in overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.
Cachell is scheduled to be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday.