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Centereach man charged with DWI had 3 teens in car, police say

David Michels, 46, of Centereach, was charged with

David Michels, 46, of Centereach, was charged with felony drunken driving, police said. Credit: SCPD

A Centereach man was charged with felony drunken driving after he was pulled over with his 14-year-old daughter and two of her friends in his car, police said.

David Michels, 46, was northbound on Stanley Drive at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when he was stopped for a traffic infraction, Suffolk County police said.

Michels was charged with driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a passenger 15 years or younger, police said.

The three passengers, all 14 years old, were released to family members, police said.

Michels was arraigned on DWI and child endangerment charges in First District Court in Central Islip on Friday, according to online court records. He was ordered held on bail of $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash, the records state.

It was not clear if he had retained an attorney.

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