Officers responding to a 911 call of an erratic driver arrested a Bayville man, charging him with felony drunken driving under Leandra’s Law after finding his two young children in the car.
Carlos Ruiz-Salazar, 33, of Bayville Avenue, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, as well as two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, DWI and aggravated DWI after his arrest on Bayville Avenue in Bayville at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nassau County police said.
Ruiz-Salazar faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said officers responding to the 911 call found a black 2009 Toyota stopped on Bayville Avenue, Ruiz-Salazar “slumped over the steering wheel” and his two children, a boy, 2, and a girl, 3, in the vehicle. The children, who were not injured, were released to a relative, police said.
Leandra’s Law is named for Leandra Rosado, an 11-year-old girl who was killed when the car she was riding in, driven by a drunken driver, overturned on the West Side Highway in October 2009. The law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle.