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St. James man faces Leandra’s Law charge, State Police say

Mauricio Chalpeno, 41, of St. James, was arrested

Mauricio Chalpeno, 41, of St. James, was arrested in upstate Tuxedo on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, and charged with a felony under Leandra's Law, State Police said Friday. Photo Credit: NY State Police

A St. James man was charged in upstate Tuxedo with driving while intoxicated with two children in his car, State Police said Friday.

Mauricio Chalpeno, 41, was charged with a felony under Leandra’s Law, which increases penalties for DWI with children in the vehicle, police said.

Chalpeno was stopped for “multiple traffic violations” about 10 p.m. Tuesday and a subsequent test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.13 percent, police said. The threshold for drunken driving is 0.08 percent.

Bail was set at $1,000 cash or $3,000 bond, and Chalpeno was released Wednesday after it was posted, the Orange County jail said.

The children were turned over to a responsible party, police said.

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