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Bay Shore dad faces Leandra’s Law charge, State Police say

A Bay Shore man was arrested and charged with child endangerment and driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law on the Sunken Meadow Parkway on Monday night, State Police said.

Reynaldo Villegas, 53, faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Central Islip on charges of felony aggravated drunken driving under Leandra’s Law and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Police said Villegas had his 9-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter with him when a trooper stopped his southbound 1997 Honda Accord in Smithtown after an “unsafe lane change” just north of the Northern State Parkway at 9:57 p.m.

The children, who were not injured, were later turned over to their mother, police said.

Police said he also was issued several traffic citations.

Leandra’s Law is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed when the minivan she was riding in driven by Carmen Huertas, whose daughter was hosting a sleepover party, overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway in October 2009. The law, enacted that November, makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle.


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