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Holbrook man faces Leandra's Law charge

Nicholas Ortiz, 46, of Holbrook, was arrested Tuesday,

Nicholas Ortiz, 46, of Holbrook, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, and charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law for driving while intoxicated with his 9-year-old son in the backseat, Nassau police said. Credit: NCPD

A Holbrook man was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated after being stopped by a Nassau County Police Highway Patrol officer who spotted his car weaving on the eastbound Long Island Expressway in Plainview on Tuesday, police said.

Police said the officer not only determined that Nicholas Ortiz, 46, of 182 Geery Ave., was drunk, but also said he found Ortiz had his 9-year-old son in the backseat.

Ortiz was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child 15 years or younger in the vehicle. Ortiz also was charged with DWI and vehicle and traffic law violations.

He was arraigned Wednesday and bail was set at $1,000 bond or $500 cash. He was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.

Police said the stop took place at 10:14 p.m., after the officer observed Ortiz "weaving in and out of his lane."

The child was not injured and was released to a family member, police said.

Leandra's Law is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed when the car she was riding in, driven by a drunken driver, overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan in October 2009.

With Ellen Yan

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