Unlicensed Hempstead Mother Charged in Leandra’s Law DWI Incident; Intoxicated with 2 Year Old Daughter in Vehicle
August 24, 2014
(Hempstead, NY) The Nassau County Police report the arrest of a Hempstead woman for Driving While Intoxicated, in violation of Leandra’s Law, on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 4:15 A.M. in Hempstead.
According to officers, the defendant Araceli Mondragon-Vargas, 27 of 11 St. Pauls Road was westbound on Fulton Avenue in a Ford Windstar when she was observed failing to maintain a single lane by Highway Patrol Officers. The officers conducted a traffic stop at which time they determined Mondragon-Vargas was intoxicated and placed her under arrest. Also in the vehicle at the time of arrest were the defendant’s boyfriend and their 2 year old daughter. The child was removed from scene by the boyfriend.
Mondragon-Vargas, 27, is charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Driving While Intoxicated (BAC + .08), Driving While Intoxicated, Failing to Stay in Single Lane and Unlicensed Operator. She will be arraigned on Monday, August 25, 2014 at First District Court in Hempstead.
Mondragon-Vargas is charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (Leandra’s Law), Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Driving While Intoxicated (BAC + .08), Driving While Intoxicated, Failing to Stay in Single Lane and Unlicensed Operator. She will be arraigned on Monday, August 25, 2014 at First District Court in Hempstead.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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