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Riverhead woman accused of driving drunk with her 3 children, police say

A Riverhead woman violated Leandra's Law when she was driving drunk late Monday with her three children as passengers, State Police said.

Troopers pulled over Serina Jackson, 36, on East Main Street in Riverhead at about 9:05 p.m. for a traffic violation, according to a news release.

While interviewing Jackson, troopers detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage, the release said.

She failed sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, police said.

Her passengers -- her three children, all younger than 16 years old -- were released to a family member, police said.

Jackson is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and traffic violations.

She was arraigned Tuesday and held pending a $1,000 bail. She was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.

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 the West Side Highway in Manhattan.

With Ellen Yan

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