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Cops: Hempstead man hit girlfriend, drove drunk with baby in van

A Hempstead man faces multiple charges after he hit his girlfriend in the face and drove away with his baby son while under the influence, Nassau County police said Sunday.

Police initially responded to NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola late Saturday to investigate an assault on the injured woman, 34, officers said.

The victim directed police officers to suspect Horace Campbell, 38, who was inside a nonemergency medical transportation van in the hospital parking lot and then drove away, police said.

Officers searched the area and eventually saw Campbell, an ambulance driver for Empire State Medi-Cab, driving his company’s vehicle with his 18-month-old son in the back seat near the intersection of Mineola Boulevard and Old Country Road, police said.

Police tried pulling him over but Campbell continued driving south on Franklin Avenue, swerving in and out of his lane, officers said.

Officers eventually stopped him at West Columbia Street in Hempstead, police said.

An investigation found Campbell was driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Campbell’s son was returned to the custody of a family member, while his girlfriend was treated for bruising and swelling to her face, police said. Phone calls to Empire State Medi-Cab weren’t returned.

Campbell is charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful fleeing police, assault, criminal contempt, several vehicle and traffic law violations and endangering the welfare of a child.

Campbell was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead. A temporary order of protection was issued. He did not post his $1,000 bond or $250 cash bail as of Sunday night, according to online court records.

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