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East Hampton man faces Leandra's Law charge, police say

An East Hampton man, traveling with his 6-year-old child in his car, was arrested over the weekend in Bridgehampton and charged with drunken driving under Leandra's Law, State Police said Monday.

Flavio Pena-Vallejo, 42, of Maidstone Avenue, was arrested Saturday after a stop for an unsafe lane change on Montauk Highway, east of Ocean Road, at 11:35 p.m., police said.

During the interview, police said troopers found Pena-Vallejo exhibited "signs of intoxication" -- and said the man later failed roadside sobriety tests.

Pena-Vallejo was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child and was issued traffic citations.

Leandra's Law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a person who is 15 years or younger in the vehicle.

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

Arraignment details for Pena-Vallejo were not immediately available Monday. The child, whose identity was withheld, was released to a family member, police said, and was unharmed.


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