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Man faces Leandra's Law, assault charges in East Meadow crash

Wardell Lyles, 26, of Uniondale, was arrested in

Wardell Lyles, 26, of Uniondale, was arrested in East Meadow on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, charged with assault and aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law after police determined he was drunk with his 6-year-old daughter in the car, police said. Credit: NCPD

Two men involved in an auto accident in East Meadow on Monday were arrested and charged with assault after police said they attacked the driver of the car they hit and the driver's father.

One of the two men arrested, identified as Wardell Lyles, 26, of 283 Laclede Ave., Uniondale, also was charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law after police determined he was drunk with his 6-year-old daughter in the car.

The crash occurred on Hempstead Turnpike at about 3:30 p.m., Nassau County police said. Police said a passenger in the car with Lyles, Stephan Boucarut, 26, of 487 Cooper Ct., Uniondale, also was involved in the assault on the 36-year-old driver of the second car and that driver's father, 68.

Boucarut also was arrested.

Police said that after the crash Lyles and Boucarut exited their vehicle and attacked the driver, punching the victim and knocking him to the ground. When the victim's father went to his aid, he also was assaulted by the duo, police said.

Police said both men also resisted arrest by responding officers. The 36-year-old victim sustained what police called "a severe eye injury" in the attack, while his father sustained contusions and facial swelling.

Both were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, police said.

Lyles was charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, resisting arrest, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, driving while ability impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.

Leandra's Law, named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in a crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway involving a drunken driver in 2009, makes it a felony, even on first offense, for any driver to drive drunk with a passenger under age 16 in the vehicle.

Boucarut was charged with second-degree and third-degree assault, as well as with resisting arrest, police said.

Both men are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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