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HEMPSTEAD/Man with baby in car faces Leandra's Law charge

On the first anniversary of Leandra's Law taking effect in New York, Nassau County police arrested a Hempstead man and charged him with drunken driving with a child in the car.

Gabriel Rodriguez, 28, was driving his 2002 Dodge Neon erratically yesterday morning with his 1-year-old daughter in the car when he was pulled over by officers in Hempstead, Nassau police say.

Rodriguez failed a roadside sobriety test and was arrested and, under the Leandra's Law provisions, charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a minor and several traffic violations, Officer James Imperiale said.

Rodriguez's daughter, who was not properly secured in a car seat, was given to her mother, Imperiale said.

Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned today in First District Court in Hempstead.

Gov. David A. Paterson signed Leandra's Law - officially the Child Passenger Protection Act - in November 2009, making it a felony to drive drunk in New York with a child younger than 15 in the vehicle.

The law was named after Leandra Rosado, 11, of Manhattan, who was killed in an October 2009 accident on the Henry Hudson Parkway, in which a family friend was charged with driving while intoxicated.

- REID J. EPSTEIN


CROWN HEIGHTS/Wyandanch man slain in city identified by police

A Wyandanch man who was shot and killed while driving in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn has been identified, police said.

The New York Police Department said the victim was David Priestley, 45, of Andrews Avenue. Two women passengers were with him when he was shot in his Dodge Caravan shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.

The women were taken to Brookdale Hospital in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn with injuries that were not believed to be serious.

- TED PHILLIPS


RONKONKOMA/Police ID armed robber killed by car as he fled

Suffolk Police yesterday identified the man killed by a car Saturday outside a Ronkonkoma hotel where, they said, he had just robbed someone.

Samuel Koon, 27, was struck by a 2004 Nissan Altima near the corner of Veterans Memorial Highway and Lakeland Avenue. He was running from a nearby hotel after robbing someone at gunpoint inside, police said. Koon, who police said has no permanent address, died at the scene.

Parts of Koon's gun and an unknown amount of stolen cash were found at the scene, police said.

The Altima's driver, Anthony Hilton, 63, of Shirley, and a passenger, were not injured, Suffolk police said.

- REID J. EPSTEIN

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