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Lawrence man drove drunk with minor in car, Nassau police say

Carlos F. Ruiz-Mendoza, 42, of Lawrence, was arrested

Carlos F. Ruiz-Mendoza, 42, of Lawrence, was arrested by Nassau County police and now faces charges after allegedly driving drunk on Sunday with a minor in the car in Oceanside. Credit: NCPD

A Lawrence man faces charges after driving drunk in Oceanside early Sunday with a minor in the car, Nassau County police said.

Carlos F. Ruiz-Mendoza, 42, of Spring Street, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law and several vehicle and traffic violations.

According to police, Ruiz-Mendoza was driving a 2003 Acura northbound on Lawson Boulevard at 2:45 a.m. with a front-seat female passenger and a male passenger, 13, in the back seat.

Police said Ruiz-Mendoza “was unable to maintain his travel lane” and a car stop was conducted.

An investigation revealed Ruiz-Mendoza “was operating under the influence of alcohol,” police said. The boy was released to the custody of a relative.

Ruiz-Mendoza is scheduled for arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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