Shirley woman drove drunk with 5 kids in car, say cops

Police escort Elba Ayala, 43, of Shirley, out Police escort Elba Ayala, 43, of Shirley, out of the Seventh Precinct Monday morning, July 7, 2014. Ayala was arrested on Sunday and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law and with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said. Photo Credit: James Carbone

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A woman with five young children in her car was arrested and charged with drunken driving after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on the William Floyd Parkway at Smith Point Park in Shirley on Sunday, police said.

It was one of five arrests made at the location by officers from the Suffolk County Police Highway Patrol Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team -- or SAFE-T -- with the assistance of Suffolk County Parks Police.

The sobriety checkpoint was aimed at preventing drunken driving accidents during the holiday weekend, police said, and a total of 1,077 vehicles passed through that checkpoint.

The arrests took place between 8:30 and 10:40 p.m.

Police said Elba Ayala, 43, of 100 Rugby Dr., Shirley, was arrested after she attempted to drive her 2010 Nissan Altima through the checkpoint without stopping at around 10:15 p.m. Another woman and five children, aged 7 months to 8 years old, also were in the car, police said.

Four of the children were the passenger's; the fifth was the child of a friend of the two women. The children were released to their parents.

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An investigation determined Ayala was intoxicated, police said. She was taken to the Seventh Precinct and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law and with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Leandra's Law is named after Leandra Rosado, 11, who was killed when a car she was riding in with six other young girls attending a sleepover party crashed and flipped on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan in October 2009.

The driver, Carmen Huertas, later pleaded guilty to several charges -- including second-degree manslaughter.

The law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with children under the age of 16 in the vehicle.

Ayala had also been charged with driving while intoxicated on Jan. 14, 2012, in East Patchogue, police said. She pleaded guilty and received a 6-month license suspension and 6 months' probation, records show.

With Mackenzie Issler

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