CENTRAL ISLIP / Man charged with DWI with his 4-year-old son
An Islandia man was arrested under Leandra's Law after he drove drunk with his 4-year-old son in the car, police said.
Yaw Gyimah, 50, was arrested after his 1998 Mercedes was involved in an accident on West Suffolk Avenue in Central Islip at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Suffolk police said.
Officers found Gyimah's son in the car, determined he had not been injured and conducted tests that determined Gyimah was under the influence of alcohol, police said.
Gyimah had an outstanding probation warrant for violating probation on a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated, police said. No details on that conviction were immediately available yesterday.
In Sunday's arrest, Gyimah was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI involving a child, endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and the probation violation.
Under Leandra's Law, enacted in November, the endangerment charge is a felony. The state law is named after Leandra Rosado, 11, was killed in a DWI accident on the West Side Highway.
The law makes it a felony to drive while intoxicated with anyone under 15 years old in the vehicle.
- JOHN VALENTI
BAY SHORE / Brothers charged after scuffle with police
Two brothers involved in a domestic disturbance earned themselves a day in court after one tried to rip the badge off the uniform of a Suffolk police officer who was trying to resolve their dispute, police said.
The altercation involving Darren Trojcak, 44, and his brother, John, 50, occurred at 9:44 p.m. Sunday at 1100 Udall Rd. in Bay Shore, police said.
Police Officer James Houser of the Third Precinct arrived at the home of Darren Trojcak to try to calm the situation when Trojcak "became belligerent" and attempted to rip the badge from the officer's uniform, police said.
A struggle ensued, police said, during which John Trojcak tried to keep his brother from being arrested, police said.
Additional officers were called to the scene, and both brothers were arrested.
Darren Trojcak was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and third-degree attempted robbery - for trying to steal the badge, police said. John Trojcak was charged with harassment, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.
John Trojcak was held for arraignment yesterday in First District Court in Central Islip, police said, and Darren Trojcak was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of undisclosed injuries sustained in the altercation. He is scheduled to be arraigned at a later date.
The cause of the original dispute between the brothers was not immediately clear.
- JOHN VALENTI
WESTBURY / Cops: Man tried to take gun from officer's holster
According to a report by the Third Squad, two officers were escorting Erick A. Alvarado, 30, of 42 Kuhl Ave., from a 7-Eleven store on Powells Avenue because he was causing a disturbance when Alvarado attempted to take a handgun. Police said they scuffled with Alvarado before arresting him.
Alvarado was charged with attempted robbery and resisting arrest, police said. He was scheduled to be arraigned yesterday in First District Court in Hempstead.
- GARY DYMSKI