Cops: Bronx man accused of Leandra's Law violation in Coram
A Bronx man charged with drunken driving in Suffolk County had three children in his vehicle at the time, in violation of Leandra's Law, police said Monday.
A 2001 Dodge being driven by Ernesto Lezama, 42, of 2125 Cruger Ave. was pulled over on Mill Road near Skips Road in Coram about 8:40 p.m. Sunday after Suffolk County Police Officer Robert Mudzinski saw the vehicle moving erratically, police said.
Two 11-year-old children and a 14-year-old were among the passengers, police said. Police did not say if Lezama was the children's father, or whether they were the children of the four other adults in the vehicle.
Lezama was awaiting arraignment Monday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the car -- known as Leandra's Law, police said.
The law was passed in 2009 after the death of Leandra Rosado, 11, who was killed in an DWI accident after the minivan in which she was a passenger crashed on West Side Highway in Manhattan.
The children were turned over to family members, police said.
Lezama's arrest came during a law enforcement crackdown on drunken driving this holiday weekend.