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Cops: Southern Parkway driver faces Leandra's Law charge

A Central Islip man faces a Leandra's Law charge following his arrest over the weekend after he was pulled over while driving drunk with a minor as a passenger, State Police said Tuesday.

Joseph Kollie, 64, was driving a Honda Accord "erratically" on the eastbound Southern State Parkway near Route 107, Exit 29, in Massapequa at 11:13 p.m. when he was stopped by a state trooper, police said.

While interviewing Kollie, the trooper noticed a minor in the back seat. The minor, a teenager whose gender was not disclosed, "was later identified as a family member," police said in a news release.

Kollie failed sobriety tests and "produced a positive breach sample" of .11 blood-alcohol content, police said.

He was arrested and charged under Leandra's Law with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, police said. His case will be handled in First District Court.

The minor was released to the custody of a family member.


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