A Queens man driving with his 14-year-old daughter in Ronkonkoma Sunday night was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, Suffolk County police said.
Ramon Garcia, 57, of Jackson Heights, was charged with DWI with a child passenger, a violation of Leandra's Law because his daughter was in the car, police said. Leandra's Law has heightened penalties for DWI violations where a passenger is 15 or younger.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, Suffolk County Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rilling saw Garcia driving his 2015 Honda CRV westbound on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 60 in Ronkonkoma with no taillights and exceeding the speed limit, police said in a statement.
After stopping the car, Garcia was found to be intoxicated, police said.
Garcia's daughter was released to other family members, police said.
Garcia was charged with DWI, speeding, the Leandra's Law counts and an equipment violation.
At arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip, Garcia's case was continued and he was released after posting $1,000 cash bail. He's next due in court Friday.