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Bellport man faces Leandra's Law DWI charge

Suffolk County police said Rahiem Greenridge was charged

Suffolk County police said Rahiem Greenridge was charged with DWI after he struck two parked cars at the HELP Suffolk shelter in Bellport Thursday night. Greenridge had his two young children in the car at the time, police said. (May 24, 2012) Credit: Christopher Sabella

A 31-year-old Bellport man was arrested late Thursday night, charged with aggravated drunken driving under Leandra's Law in a crash that occurred when he had his children, ages 1 and 3, in the car, Suffolk County police said.

The children were taken by South Country Ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where police said they were treated and released.

Rahiem Greenridge was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with any passenger 15 years old or younger in the vehicle. He also was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Greenridge faces arraignment Friday in First District Court in Central Islip.

Police said Greenridge had driven his 1998 Chevrolet Lumina eastbound on Brookhaven Avenue and had just entered the parking lot at the HELP Suffolk shelter when he struck two parked cars just after 11 p.m.

Police said Greenridge lives at the shelter, which, according to website information provided by its parent group, HELP USA, is a 76-unit transitional housing facility for homeless families housing up to 100 adults and 200 children.

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