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Mother drove drunk, hit truck with daughter in car in Freeport, police say

Nadera Beria, 40, of Freeport, was arrested and

Nadera Beria, 40, of Freeport, was arrested and charged with DWI under Leandra's Law Monday. Credit: NCPD

A Freeport woman was charged with felony drunken driving under Leandra's Law after, police said, she struck a parked pickup truck Monday afternoon with her 11-year-old daughter in her sport utility vehicle.

Nadera Beria, 40, was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law and endangering the welfare of a child, Nassau County police said.

Beria was held on a bail of $5,000 bond or $2,500 cash at her arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead, and a temporary order of protection was issued. She was represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, which has a policy of not commenting at the arraignment stage of a case. 

Police said Beria was driving a 2019 Kia when she struck the parked 2004 Ford pickup on North Ocean Avenue in Freeport just after 3 p.m. A 56-year-old man in the truck was not injured.

After an investigation, police said, Beria was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested.

Her daughter, who was uninjured, was released to a family member, police said.

Leandra's Law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle. The law, enacted in 2009, is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed when the car she was riding in overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway in October 2009. Six other girls in the vehicle, all attending a sleepover party, were injured. The driver, Carmen Huertas, pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison.

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