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Farmingville man faces Leandra's Law charge

A Farmingville man violated Leandra's Law on Tuesday when he was high on drugs while driving with his 2-year-old son, Suffolk County police said.

Richard O'Donnell, 32, was driving a 2005 Suzuki west on Express Drive North near Wicks Road in Brentwood at 7:45 p.m. when police stopped him for failing to maintain his lane of travel.

Police determined while interviewing O'Donnell that he was under the influence of drugs, and he was arrested on charges of aggravated driving while his ability was impaired by drugs with a child 15 years old or younger as a passenger, driving while his ability was impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and endangering the welfare of a child.

O'Donnell also was issued four citations for vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.

Under Leandra's Law, passed in 2009, drivers who are intoxicated or impaired by drugs with a child younger than 16 in the vehicle can be charged with a felony. The law was passed after the death of Leandra Rosado, 11, who was killed Oct. 11, 2009, in a DWI accident after the minivan in which she was a passenger crashed on West Side Highway in Manhattan.

O'Donnell, of Rexmere Avenue, is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

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