A California man stopped for a traffic violation just after midnight Monday in Lake Success was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law after police said an officer determined he was driving drunk with a child in the car.
The 6-year-old was one of four passengers in the vehicle — two of whom Nassau County police identified as that child’s parents. Police did not immediately say how the child, the child’s parents or the fourth passenger were related to the driver.
The driver was identified as Gurnam Singh, 43, of Stockton, California. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law, endangering the welfare of a child, failure to stay in his lane and a minimum speed violation for impeding traffic, police said. He is scheduled for arraignment Monday in First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said Singh was driving a black 2011 Nissan south on Lakeville Road at 12:30 a.m. when a Third Precinct officer on routine patrol saw him cross over the yellow center line, then come to a stop, impeding traffic — and forcing other vehicles to go around his car. During a subsequent traffic stop, police said the officer determined Singh was intoxicated.
Leandra’s Law makes it a felony, even on a first offense, to drive drunk with a passenger under age 16 in the vehicle.