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Lake Ronkonkoma DWI had children as passengers, police say

Cops: Four minors were passengers in SUV that drove across lawns.

George Campbell, 26, faces multiple charges after he

George Campbell, 26, faces multiple charges after he drove intoxicated and high on drugs with his girlfriend's four children in the vehicle, police said. Photo Credit: SCPD

A Calverton man pleaded not guilty Sunday to driving drunk under Leandra’s Law, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges after an early morning crash in Lake Ronkonkoma.

George Campbell, 26, of Middle Country Road, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years or younger — Leandra’s Law — driving while ability impaired by drugs and/or alcohol, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, among other charges.

Campbell pleaded not guilty in First District Court in Central Islip to all charges, said his lawyer, Richard B. Stafford, of Bohemia.

Stafford said Campbell was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and volunteered for a blood test.

“I’m sure when the result comes back, their case is going to fall apart,” Stafford said. “He’s positive it’s going to show there were no drugs or alcohol in his system.”

Police said about 1:25 a.m., Campbell was driving a 2004 Infiniti Q56 on Gatelot Avenue when he drove the vehicle across the front lawns of two houses on School Street, then struck a parked, unoccupied 2018 Toyota and fled.

A Fourth Precinct patrol officer saw the vehicle with two flat tires and pulled Campbell over on Hawkins Avenue, police said.

Campbell’s girlfriend and her four children — a 16-year-old girl, a 10-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl — were in the SUV, police said. No one was injured, police said.

A police spokeswoman said she could not release information about the type of drug or drugs Campbell was allegedly on when stopped or how it was determined he was impaired by both drugs and alcohol.

Campbell was held Sunday on bail of $15,000 bond or $5,000 cash, according to court records.

Police said the children were released into the custody of their mother.


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