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Holiday DWI arrests include Glen Cove man with his 3 kids in truck, police say

Mark E. Palmer, 49, of Glen Cove, was

Mark E. Palmer, 49, of Glen Cove, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, and charged with aggravated DWI and several traffic violations after being stopped in Hampton Bays while driving with his three young children, State Police said. Photo Credit: NYS Police

A Glen Cove man stopped for a speeding violation on Sunrise Highway was intoxicated and had his three young children in the vehicle, New York State Police said.

Mark E. Palmer, 49, was charged with aggravated drunken driving and several traffic violations and was awaiting arraignment Thursday in Southampton Town Court, police said.

The arrest Wednesday came about an hour before the start of the police New Year's Eve targeting of drunken motorists in Nassau and Suffolk, which included sobriety checkpoints.

In Suffolk, police reported making 12 DWI arrests between 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 8 a.m. Thursday. In Nassau, police made 11 DWI arrests between 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 7 a.m. Thursday.

The East End DWI Task Force also conducted roving sobriety and safety checkpoints with increased patrols. The task force, composed of 13 East End police agencies, including New York State Police and the Suffolk County sheriff's department, reported preliminary tallies of 10 DWI arrests.

A State Police spokeswoman said complete totals on DWI arrests would be available Friday.

Palmer's arrest came after a state trooper clocked him at 106 mph at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday as he drove his Dodge Ram pickup truck east on the highway near Exit 65 in Hampton Bays, police said.

The trooper "observed signs of intoxication," and Palmer failed a sobriety test, police said.

His three children -- ages 6, 9 and 11 -- who were in the vehicle, were released to a family member, police said.

Palmer was charged with a felony under Leandra's Law, accused of driving drunk with a passenger age 15 or younger, police said.

The law was passed in 2009 after Leandra Rosado, 11, was killed in a DWI accident after the minivan in which she was a passenger crashed in Manhattan.

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