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Police Charge Long Island Man For DWI With Kid In Car

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Sean Durham

Suffolk County police arrested 52-year-old Sean Durham on Thursday night for driving while intoxicated with a 15-year-old child in the car. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police have charged a 52-year-old man for driving while intoxicated with a child in the car on Thursday night on Long Island.

Suffolk County police stopped Sean Durham at 8:35 p.m. on Jericho Turnpike near Calvert Avenue in Commack for erratic driving and a malfunctioning tail light.

Upon pulling Durham over, an officer determined that Durham was intoxicated and arrested him. The officer also found cocaine in his possession and learned that Durham’s 15-year-old daughter was in the car.

Because she’s 15, police charged Durham under Leandra’s Law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child under the age of 16 in the car.

In addition to aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle under Leandra’s Law, police charged Durham with endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for cocaine.

The daughter was placed with a family member, police said.

Durham, meanwhile, is scheduled for arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip on Friday.

Leandra’s Law is named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed when her friend’s mother overturned the van she was driving while drunk on the Henry Hudson Parkway in 2009.

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