Cops: Two LI dads arrested after violating Leandra's Law
Two men were arrested in separate incidents Sunday and charged with violating Leandra's Law after, police said, they each were found driving while intoxicated with their young sons as passengers.
In North Bellport, Jose E. Amaya, 29, of Patchogue, was headed east on Montauk Highway near Lenox Avenue in a 2003 Nissan about 12:35 a.m. when an officer saw him driving erratically and crossing over the double yellow lines, police said.
After Amaya was pulled over, police said they found his 5-year-old son sleeping in a booster seat in the backseat.
Amaya was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a passenger 15 years old or younger, known as Leandra's Law; endangering the welfare of a child; felony driving while intoxicated with a prior DWI conviction; felony unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device; false personation; second-degree criminal contempt; and additional traffic violations.
Amaya was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip, but details of his arraignment were not immediately available.
The boy was released to family members.
A short time later, Nassau County police said they stopped a Westbury man, Cirilo Francisco-Diaz, 49, as he was speeding and swerving while traveling west on West Old Country Road in Hicksville in a gray 2007 Honda.
When police approached the car at 1:05 a.m., they found Francisco-Diaz's 10-year-old son in the front passenger seat, police said.
Francisco-Diaz was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a passenger 15 years or younger, otherwise known as Leandra's Law; aggravated driving while intoxicated; and endangering the welfare of a child.
His son was released to a family friend, police said.
At his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead, Francisco-Diaz was ordered held on $5,000 bond or cash bail. He is due back in court on Wednesday.