Bronx Man Arrested In Suffolk County for DUI with Kids in Car
May 29, 2013
Ernesto Lezama, 42, taken into custody after violating Leandra’s Law
(Long Island, NY) A Bronx man was arrested Sunday night after allegedly driving while drunk with seven occupants in his vehicle, three of them children, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Ernesto Lezama, 42, was pulled over by Suffolk Police in Coram after being observed weaving all over the road in his 2001 Dodge, including crossing over the road’s double yellow line several times. After pulling the vehicle over, the officers noted that of the seven passengers, three were children; two 11 year-olds and one 14 year-old, cops said.
After administering field sobriety tests upon Lezama, officers determined that he was driving while intoxicated and arrested him at the scene, according to reports.
Lezama was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Monday on three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger (Leandra’s Law), and one count of driving while intoxicated.
Leandra’s Law, otherwise known as the Child Passenger Protection Act, results an automatic felony on the first offense while driving drunk with a person aged 15 or younger inside the vehicle.
The three children were released into the custody of family members.
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