Copiague man faces DWI, Leandra's Law charge
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A Copiague man was arrested on drunken driving charges under Leandra's Law after an early morning traffic stop Tuesday in North Amityville, police said.
Suffolk County police said First Precinct Patrol Officer William Madden stopped a 2001 Lexus being driven south on New Highway in North Amityville at about 1:35 a.m., after seeing it had a broken headlight, police said.
During an investigation, police said Madden determined the driver, Juan Orellana-Lombalda, 38, was under the influence of alcohol, officials said.
Police said Orellana-Lombalda had his 14-year-old daughter in the vehicle, a violation of Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk -- even on first offense -- with anyone under age 16 in the vehicle, police said.
The law is named for Leandra Rosado, 11, who was killed when the vehicle she was riding in, operated by a drunken driver, overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan in October 2009.
Police said in addition to being charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, Orellana-Lombalda was issued five citations for violations of state vehicle and traffic law.
His arraignment was postponed Friday, but the reason was not immediately available.