A New Jersey man was arrested and charged with violating Leandra's Law early Sunday morning after he drove while intoxicated with his young daughter in the car, Nassau County police said.
Carlos F. Araujo-Gomez, 44, of Jersey City, was driving a 2010 Mercedes sport utility vehicle in the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway at 5:45 a.m. when police said he was seen swerving out of his lane.
Police pulled him over near Exit 33 in North Hills and determined he was driving while intoxicated. Araujo-Gomez's daughter, 8, was among the passengers in the vehicle, and she was restrained in a proper child seat, police said.
Araujo-Gomez was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years old or younger in the vehicle, also known as Leandra's Law, driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child and two traffic violations, police said.
He was scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.
The girl was released to a family member at the scene, police said.