Long Island Teen Charged With Drunken Go-Kart Driving

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island man has been charged with driving a go-kart while drunk and carrying an underage passenger.

It happened on West Neck Road in Shelter Island around 4am on Thursday. Police said 18-year-old Lennon Sarfarti was driving a go-kart with two of his friends, a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, when he was stopped by police. Police said his breath test exceeded the .08 percent level for drunkenness.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Legal Expert Questions Leandra’s Law Charge Against Teen

Sarfarti was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and felony driving while intoxicated charges under  a 2009 state statute known as Leandra’s Law, which calls for up to four years in prison for driving while drunk with a minor in the vehicle.

But legal expert Vincent Trimarco Jr. questions the felony charge. “The statute was made to protect children from being driven around by drunk adults, not a bunch of kids on a go-kart in the middle of the night,” said Trimarco. “However, did they do something stupid and should something happen to him? Absolutely.”

Sarfarti has been arraigned and bail was set at $10,000.

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  2. Bell Toller says:

    TO be charged with the Leandras Law violation is ridiculous. This was go-kart yes he was drunk should be charged with a dui…The passengers on the go Kart were teenagers.

    Each of their parents needs to be charged with being an irresponsible parent for letting their teenage children be out at 4am

  3. Steve says:

    That’s my son!

  4. iggy says:

    this “kid” was 18 years old. DRUNK and 18. isn’t 21 the legal age to drink? throw him into jail and teach him a lesson

    1. sad says:

      But legal expert Vincent Trimarco Jr. questions the felony charge. “The statute was made to protect children from being driven around by drunk adults, not a bunch of kids on a go-kart in the middle of the night,” said Trimarco.

    2. Anastasia Loper says:

      The other two kids with him were drunk too, and he’s already in jail. Get off your high horse.

  5. outraged says:

    the police are turning into idiots !! out of control for charging children for a felony crime like this !! its getting to a point that if police keep it up , when people are sitting on jury’s and police need our help they will get a big F-YOU !!

    1. iggy says:

      his parents should be arrested too. for allowing an underage drunk to ride a motor vehicle. where’s your outrage at them?

      1. sad says:

        But legal expert Vincent Trimarco Jr. questions the FELONY CHARGE “The statute was made to protect children from being driven around by drunk adults, not a bunch of kids on a go-kart in the middle of the night,” said Trimarco. at most should of been a regular DWI Charge Jerky !!

    2. Danny says:

      Police will do anything to get a drunkin driven charge, and this story is proof. It use to be they would just have undercover cops follow you out of a bar, wait outside a local summer party for people to leave, wait by the turnpike as people leave a ball game, and so forth. But now they hit a new low. And I am sure they will reach another new low before to long. The police are already going to get a big F-YOU. The thousands of creepy stories about them all over the country paints a very sad story about them. Like this one does. Imagine what they do that never go public. It’s daunting. They really are creeps.

      1. Sad says:

        Right On Danny !! the only sure way to fight back is to get to Jury Duty .. im so turned off the past few years that it would be hard to convict anyone who beat the sh-t out of any police officer ! send them a message !

    3. Anastasia Loper says:

      They’re making an example out of him for no reason. And all the media is reporting one-sided information given by the police, they’re not even getting the girls ages right. Some quality reporting skills.

      Shelter Island PD are a bunch of small minded, small town bullies.

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