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East Islip limo driver faces Leandra’s Law charge, Suffolk cops say

Limo driver Michael Winn, 64, of East Islip,

Limo driver Michael Winn, 64, of East Islip, is led out of the Fifth Precinct in Patchogue for arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Winn is charged with driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child, police said. Credit: James Carbone

An East Islip limousine driver carrying a family home from the airport was charged with drunken driving after he fled from an accident scene where a highway patrol officer tried to stop him Tuesday, Suffolk County police said.

The driver, Michael Winn, 64, owner of Crossroads Limo Service, was arrested on multiple charges just before 9 p.m. about a half-mile from a Sunrise Highway crash in Sayville, which he was not involved in, police said.

Winn was driving a family of five, including a 22-month-old boy, from Kennedy Airport to their home in Sayville when he approached the accident scene between exits 49 and 50, according to a Suffolk police news release.

With traffic slowed because of the crash, a driver behind Winn’s 2005 Lincoln told Highway Patrol Officer Thomas Joy that he thought Winn was driving erratically, police said.

Joy, who was on foot, then asked Winn to pull over, but Winn drove off.

Winn stopped after his passengers shouted at him and additional Highway Patrol units converged on his limousine, according to a news release.

Neither the child, his parents, both 30, his grandfather, 60, nor his grandmother, 58, was injured, police said.

Winn, of Keswick Drive, is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a passenger 15 or younger, a felony under Leandra’s Law; driving while intoxicated; endangering the welfare of a child; and resisting arrest.

Winn was arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip. He was released on $7,500 bail, according to online court records.

The prosecutor said two bottles of vodka were found in the area of the front seat, News 12 Long Island reported.

Hauppauge-based defense attorney Anthony LaPinta told News 12 it’s too early in the investigation to know if his client was actually drunk.

LaPinta said he will rely on the scientific results of a blood test to determine whether his client was intoxicated.

“At this point there are just unreliable observations that are the basis for the charges,” LaPinta said.


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