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Amityville father faces DWI charge under Leandra's Law, cops say

Shem Mccoy was arraigned on multiple charges Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Shem Mccoy was driving north on County Line

Shem Mccoy was driving north on County Line Road in Massapequa in his gray 2002 Toyota when he was pulled over by Nassau patrol officers, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

An Amityville man, who police said was driving drunk Sunday with his children in the car, faces numerous charges, including aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law.

Shem Mccoy, 43, was arraigned Monday in First District Court in Hempstead, charged with, among other things, aggravated DWI with a child passenger under 16 years of age, endangering the welfare of a child and driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street. He was held in lieu of $2,000 bond or $1,000 cash, with his next appearance Wednesday in First District Court. Mccoy is represented by the Legal Aid Society Of Nassau County.

Mccoy  was driving north Sunday on County Line Road in Massapequa in his gray 2002 Toyota about 7:50 p.m. when he was pulled over by Nassau patrol officers for failing to stop at a stop sign and “unsafe passing,” police said. 

“During the investigation it was discovered that the defendant had glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath,” police said in a news release.

Mccoy, of  County Line Road, was arrested. His son, 10, and daughter, 7, were taken home where a family member looked after them.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, two counts of driving while intoxicated, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and multiple traffic violations. 

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