02/15/15 3:53pm
02/15/2015 3:53 PM

A Riverhead man was arrested on drunken driving charges Sunday after he was caught driving erratically in Mattituck with his 11-month-old child in the car, according to a police press release.

Valentin Garcia, 29, of was driving westbound on Road 48 shortly before 2 a.m. when police observed him changing his lane of travel in an unsafe manner, Southold Town police said.

After he was pulled over, police found him to be intoxicated, officials said.

Mr. Garcia was charged with DWI Leandra’s Law, a felony, and several traffic violations, police said.

11/27/13 10:37pm
11/27/2013 10:37 PM

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A New York City man was arrested Wednesday afternoon when it was determined he left the scene of a crash in Southold while driving drunk with his two juvenile children in the car, Southold Town police said.

Christopher Niemeth, 44, of Manhattan failed several roadside sobriety tests shortly after 2 p.m. when he was stopped along Watersedge Way in Southold, police said. He was charged with DWI, two counts of aggravated DWI, Leandra’s Law violations and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

He is being held overnight for arraignment in Southold Town Justice Court, police said.

09/10/13 12:40pm
09/10/2013 12:40 PM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Lindsey Marino of Mattituck was arraigned Tuesday morning after being arrested for driving while intoxicated.

A 22-year-old Mattituck woman involved in a single-car crash early Tuesday while driving with a 17-month-old child in the car in Jamesport has been arrested on drunken driving charges, Riverhead Town police said.

Lindsey Marino was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, as well as DWI and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Ms. Marino was arraigned Tuesday morning, where she told Justice Richard Ehlers she grew up in Mattituck where she lives  with her parents. During the arraignment, prosecutors said Ms. Marino had no prior criminal history.

Police responded to the Main Road crash scene about 1:30 a.m., when officers found Ms. Marino’s vehicle off the roadway, police said. Ms. Marino was out of the vehicle with the child at the time.

Both of them were unharmed, police said.

An investigation at the scene led police to Ms. Marino’s arrest, police said.

Ms. Marino and the child were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for precautionary reasons, police said. At the morning arraignment, Justice Ehlers set bail at $5,000 cash or credit. Ms. Marino is due back in court Sept. 13.

Leandra’s Law makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child who’s under 16 in the car, even on a first offense.

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