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Drunken driver was speeding with 2 kids in car, cops say

A Patchogue man was arrested and charged with felony drunken driving under Leandra's Law after he was stopped for speeding on the Southern State Parkway on Tuesday night -- with two 9-year-olds in his car, State Police said.

Police said the arrest was made at 9:40 p.m. on the westbound parkway, but did not identify a location other that to say it was in the Town of Islip.

The driver was identified as Ovidio D. Arriaza, 38. Police said the two children in the vehicle, who were not identified, were not hurt. Both were later released to the custody of a family member, police said.

Their relationship to Arriaza was not immediately clear.

Police said Arriaza was stopped after a trooper from the Brentwood barracks spotted his 2009 Nissan traveling at "a high rate of speed" on the westbound parkway.

Police said the trooper determined Arriaza was intoxicated -- and he was arrested.

Leandra's Law is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in a drunken-driving accident on the Henry Hudson Parkway in October 2009. The law makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child 15 years or younger in the vehicle.

Arriaza was charged with felony DWI and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, police said. He faces arraignment Wednesday in First District Court in Central Islip.

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