Sheriff's Office: Man Drove Drunk With Child in Car, Violating Leandra's Law

Paul Demetro, 30, of Jackson Heights, was arrested on aggravated DWI and other charges after driving drunk with a 3-year-old in the car in Nesconset.

A Jackson Heights man was arrested Monday morning and charged with violating Leandra's Law after driving drunk with a 3-year-old girl in Nesconset.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Paul Demetro, 30, was observed fishtailing a 2010 Audi through an intersection in Nesconset at 4:40 a.m. Demetro, who was accompanied by two passengers – the child's mother and a 29-year-old man, was stopped and interviewed by a deputy sheriff and found to be under the influence of alcohol.   

The sheriff's office said the 3-year-old was not properly restrained in a car seat. The girl was later brought to Selden and placed in custody of her mother by the male passenger, who was sober and with a driver's license. 

Demetro was arrested on charges including with aggravated DWI for violating Leandra’s Law, a felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor; unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor; and seat belt violation.

Demetro is set to be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Central Islip. 

Ralph April 02, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Who are the village idiots?
mikethealky April 02, 2013 at 02:30 PM
There is only one, That would be me. That is probably the nicest name i have collected lately.
Argile April 02, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I love driving drunk! I drive better that way.
Danielle April 02, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Hope he stays in jail!! I can't believe some of these comments it's an absolute disgust that I have to raise my children in the same world as you people.
Stephen Sussman April 02, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Why did they let the passenger take the kid to the mothers when both were in the car with a drunk driver? They should all be arrested for letting him drive and not properly strapping the kid in.


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