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3 L.I. Parents Busted For Driving Drunk Or High With Kids In Cars

Paul Rice, Alyssa Moore

Paul Rice and Alyssa Moore were charged with driving while smoking pot in Huntington, Long Island, while a 2-year-old child sat in the back seat. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)

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HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police arrested three parents on Long Island in recent days for driving while either high on drugs or drunk.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, in Huntington, police said around 3:40 p.m. Friday, they spotted Paul Rice, 21, driving down Maple Hill Road with a lit joint. When officers pulled Rice over, they noticed a toddler in the back seat.

Hall was told that after an investigation, police determine not only that Rice was smoking marijuana while driving, but that his passenger, Alyssa Moore, also 21, was also smoking pot. Moore is the mother of the 2-year-old who was in the back seat.

Rice and Moore were both arrested. Rice was charged under Leandra’s Law with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years or younger, as well as endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of marijuana, among other charges.

Moore was also charged with endangering the life of a child and marijuana possession.

The child was released to relatives. Moore and Rice were set to be arraigned Saturday at Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip.

Meanwhile, Dana Arnold, 32, was arrested Thursday after she pulled into Meadow School, at 880 Jackson St. in Baldwin, drunk with her 9-year-old child in the car.

Arnold was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and also under Leandra’s Law, according to Nassau County police. She was arraigned Friday at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead.

Neither child in the cases was injured.

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