LI man charged with DWI with child in car, fleeing scene of crash

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

LINDENHURST (WABC) -- Suffolk County Police have arrested a Bay Shore man who is accused of driving while intoxicated with his nine-year-old daughter in the vehicle.

Officers responded to a call about a possibly intoxicated driver of a black Toyota 4-Runner in the Babylon area at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

When the officers stopped the vehicle on westbound Sunrise Highway near North Hamilton Avenue in Lindenhurst, they said the driver, Jose Garcia-Lazo, was intoxicated with his daughter in the front passenger seat.

Further investigation revealed that Garcia-Lazo, was involved in a crash about one hour earlier on Straight Path in Wyandanch, in which he fled the scene, police said.

There were no injuries in the crash.

Garcia-Lazo, 30, of Udall Road, Bay Shore, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child 15 Years Old or Younger (Leandra's Law), Driving While Ability Impaired, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Leaving the Scene of a Reportable Accident.

The investigation is continuing. First Squad detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed these incidents and has not been interviewed by police to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.