Hicksville Mother Charged Under Leandra’s Law; Driving Under Influence With 1 Year Old Son in Back Seat
Published on January 10, 2014 · Filed Under Crime
by Dana Klosner
Janine Lafiandra, 36 of Hicksville was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, two counts of Driving While Ability Impaired and three counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation
(Long Island, NY) A Hicksville woman was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs with her one year old son in the back seat when she hit a 2004 Ford being driven by a 66 year old man and did not stop in Hempstead on Thursday, January 9 at 12:50p.m.
According to police, Janine Lafiandra, age 36 of Hicksville was operating a 2013 Mercedes Benz northbound on Main Street in Hempstead when she collided with a 2004 Ford being operated by a 66 year old male southbound on Main Street at West Columbia Street.
The defendant continued northbound and was located by Garden City police officers on Franklin Avenue in Garden City.
Hempstead police officers responded to the scene and an investigation determined Lafiandra was operating under the influence of drugs.
Additionally the defendant’s one year old son was located in the rear seat of the vehicle.
Lafiandra was taken into custody without incident and the child released to the custody of his grandmother. No injuries were reported.
The defendant was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Leandra’s Law), two counts of Driving While Ability Impaired and three counts of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. She will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Leandra’s Law (Child Passenger Protection Act) is a New York State law making it an automatic felony on the first offense to drive drunk with a person age 15 or younger inside the vehicle, and setting the blood alcohol content, or BAC, at 0.08.