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Lake Ronkonkoma man drove intoxicated with girl, 15, in car, police say

Suffolk County police arrested a Lake Ronkonkoma man in Holtsville early Sunday morning and charged him with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a passenger age 15 or younger, a violation of Leandra’s Law.

Police said officers pulled over Thomas Zuckerman, 19, just before 2 a.m. near Exit 63 on the eastbound Long Island Expressway for driving a 2011 Nissan Altima at excessive speed.

Zuckerman was arrested at the scene and his passenger, a girl, 15, was released to a family member, police said.

The suspect faces the Leandra's Law charge as well as a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Zuckerman was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct, police said. 
Later Sunday during an arraignment for Zuckerman in First District Court in Central Islip, bail was set at $3,000 bond and $1,000 cash and a temporary order of protection was issued against him, according to online court records.

An attorney for Zuckerman could not be immediately reached.


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