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Riverhead man charged with felony DWI under Leandra’s Law

State police arrested a Riverhead man last night for driving while intoxicated with two children in the vehicle, according to a New York State Police press release.

Luis A. Morales, 29, was driving on Peconic Avenue around 11 p.m. last night when a patrol officer pulled him over for not wearing his seatbelt, according to police.

After pulling him over, the trooper detected a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on Morales, according to the press release. Morales failed field sobriety tests and was charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra’s Law, a class E felony, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and traffic violations.

Morales was driving with two children in the car, ages 10 and 12, at the time of his arrest.

Morales was arraigned at Riverhead Town Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Correctional Facility. The children were turned over to the custody of their mother, according to police.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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