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3 men charged in separate Leandra's Law cases, police say

Three Long Island men were arrested in separate incidents Saturday night and charged with violating Leandra’s Law after, police said, they each were found driving while intoxicated with young children in tow.

On Saturday, around 11:35 p.m., Nassau County police arrested Karl L. Pichler ,  near the Nautilus Diner on Merrick Road in Massapequa, on charges of driving while intoxicated with three children, ages 9, 8 and 8, in the vehicle.

Police said a witness  called police and said Pichler, 49, of Seaford Avenue, Massapequa,  the driver of a silver pickup truck, was intoxicated. Police, who responded and made the arrest. In addition to the children, there were two female adult passengers, ages 37 and 20, in the vehicle, police said. The children were released to family members at the scene. 

Pichler was charged with three counts of aggravated DWI — violating Leandra’s Law for driving while intoxicated with children under 16 in the vehicle; one count of DWI and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

At an arraignment Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead, bail for Pichler was set at $3,000 bond and $1,500 cash and a temporary order of protection was issued, according to a court website. 

Earlier Saturday night, police arrested Patrick Halligan in Greenvale after they said he drove while intoxicated with a 13-year-old child in the vehicle.

Nassau police said they saw Halligan, 42, of Twin Ponds Lane, Syosset, driving a 2014 Jeep Wrangler and unsafely changing lanes around 10:12 p.m.

The Jeep was heading east on Northern Boulevard at Glen Cove Road when an officer pulled the vehicle over for a traffic stop, police said.

Halligan was arrested without incident and the child who was a passenger was released into the custody of the child’s mother, according to police.

Halligan was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, endangering the welfare of a child and moving from a lane unsafely.

Bail was set at $3,000 bond and $1,500 cash and a temporary order of protection issued during an arraignment for Halligan on Sunday in First District Court.

An attorney for Halligan couldn’t be immediately reached.

In Suffolk, earlier that evening, county police arrested an East Northport man on drunken driving charges under Leandra’s Law after they said he drove while intoxicated with his 5-year-old son in the vehicle.

According to police, Ross Nonnenmacher was driving a 2016 Nissan Rogue south on Tompkins Street with his son in the vehicle when an officer stopped him around 6:43 p.m. Nonnenmacher was arrested and transported to the Second Precinct, the child was released to the custody of a family member and the Nissan was impounded, police said.

Nonnenmacher, 29, of Tompkins Street, was charged with driving while intoxicated, a felony because he has a prior conviction; aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under 16, a violation of Leandra’s Law; endangering the welfare of a child; first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation; and operating a motor vehicle without a required interlock device.

Nonnenmacher was arraigned Sunday in First District Court in Central Islip where his bail was set at $10,000 bond or cash, and an order of protection was issued, according to online court records.

An attorney for Nonnenmacher could not be immediately reached.

Leandra's Law is named for Leandra Rosado, 11, who was killed in an October 2009 DWI crash in which the car she was in, driven by the mother of a friend, overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.

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