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Sloatsburg mom speeds drunk with daughter, 4, in car, cops say

A Sloatsburg mom is facing charges after she drove drunk about 25 mph over the speed limit on the New York State Thruway on Friday morning with her 4-year-old daughter in the car, police said.

Stephanie Rivera, 24, of Sloatsburg was charged under Leandra's Law with felony aggravated DWI for having a child under 16 in the car, DWI, refusal to take a breath test, and speeding, Clarkstown Sgt. Nicholas Lafasciano said.

Lafasciano said police received a 911 call early Friday from someone who knew Rivera and said she was heading to Sloatsburg on the Thruway. A Clarkstown patrolman monitoring the Thruway was given a description of Rivera's car and saw it heading northbound "at a high rate of speed" about 3:50 a.m., Lafasciano said. The officer estimated the car was traveling about 80 mph, he said, in a 55 mph zone.

After the officer pulled over Rivera's vehicle, he saw her daughter in the car, unhurt, buckled in the backseat, Lafasciano said. The officer detected an odor of alcohol on Rivera's breath and administered a field sobriety test, which she failed. She was arrested and brought to Clarkstown police headquarters, where she refused to take a breath test, Lafasciano said.

Rivera was arraigned Friday before Clarkstown Justice Howard Gerber and sent to Rockland County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail. She is due back in court Sept. 24. Court officials said no information on her legal representation was available on Friday.

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