Huntington couple smoked pot while driving son, cops say

Police said Paul Rice, 21, and Alyssa Moore,

Police said Paul Rice, 21, and Alyssa Moore, 21, were smoking marijuana while traveling in the car with their son. Rice was charged with aggravated DWI with a child passenger 15 years old or younger under Leandra's Law, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of marijuana 5th degree. Moore, of the same address, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana 5th degree and endangering the welfare of a child. (Credit: SCPD)

The parents who were arrested after, police said, they were smoking pot while driving through Huntington with their 2-year-old son in the car were arraigned Saturday on various drug charges.

Paul Rice, 21, was held on $1,000 cash bail or $2,500 bond, and Alyssa Moore, 21, was released on her own recognizance, after appearances in First District Court in Central Islip.

Police said they stopped Rice, of East Main Street in Huntington, about 3:40 p.m. Friday when he failed to signal as he turned from Park Avenue onto Maple Hill Road. An officer said he saw a burning marijuana cigarette in the center console of the family's 2004 Mitsubishi Galant and smelled a strong odor of pot in the car.


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Rice was charged with aggravated DWI with a child passenger 15 years old or younger under Leandra's Law, DWI drugs, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal possession of marijuana fifth degree.

Moore, of the same address, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana fifth degree and endangering the welfare of a child. The couple pleaded not guilty. Authorities released the child to relatives.

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