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Hempstead man drove drunk with two children in car, police say

José Pérez, 48, of Hempstead, faces DWI, aggravated

José Pérez, 48, of Hempstead, faces DWI, aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law and other charges, police said. Credit: NCPD

A traffic stop following an "improper turn" led to the arrest of a Hempstead man on felony DWI charges under Leandra's Law Thursday night in Hempstead, State Police said.

José Pérez, 48, of Fulton Avenue, was driving a 2002 Honda when, police said, he made an improper turn at the intersection of Jackson and Washington streets about 9:25 p.m. Police said that during the ensuing traffic stop Pérez was found to be intoxicated with two minor children, ages 1 and 2, in the vehicle.

Pérez was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law, two counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

He also was cited for multiple traffic infractions. 

There were no reported injuries in the incident.

Pérez faces arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead. It was not clear if he was represented by counsel.

Leandra's Law is named for Leandra Rosado, who was 11 years old when she was killed in an accident on the Henry Hudson Parkway while headed to a sleepover with friends in October 2009. The law makes it a felony, even on first conviction, to drive drunk with a child under age 16 in the vehicle.

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