Lake Ronkonkoma Man Arrested in Holtsville for Alleged DWI under Leandra’s Law, Police Said

HOLTSVILLE AND LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Suffolk County Police arrested a man in Holtsville for allegedly driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law after he was pulled over on the Long Island Expressway for speeding.

According to police, Thomas Zuckerman was driving a 2011 Nissan Altima at excessive speed eastbound on the Long Island Expressway with a 15-year-old girl in the vehicle at about 1:55 a.m.

A Highway Patrol officer initiated a traffic stop for speeding near Exit 63 and arrested Zuckerman at the scene. The 15-year-old was released to a family member. There were no injuries.

Sixth Squad detectives charged Zuckerman, 19, of 40 Avenue D, Lake Ronkonkoma, with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15-Years-Old or Younger—which is under Leandra’s Law, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Zuckerman will be held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Sunday, Oct. 20.

NYCourts.gov describes Leandra’s Law which was enacted in 2009.

  • “Leandra's Law was named in honor of Leandra Rosado, an 11-year-old girl who was killed while she rode in a car with the intoxicated mother of one of her friends.”
  • “Leandra's Law (Chapter 496 of the Laws of 2009), amended the Vehicle and Traffic Law and the Penal Law to establish a new Class E felony related to driving while intoxicated with a child as a passenger; and to require that all individuals convicted of misdemeanor and felony DWI offenses install and maintain ignition interlock devices.”

More information about Leandra’s Law is available at www.nycourts.gov/leandraslaw.

Police remind the public that a criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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