POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Pound Ridge police arrested a man Wednesday night and charged him with felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law. The law – part of the New York Child Passenger Protection Act passed in 2009 – makes it an automatic felony on the first offense for those caught driving drunk with a person under 16 in the vehicle.
Police said that after a routine traffic stop about 10 p.m. on Pound Ridge Road, they smelled alcohol on the driver. Officers said a boy was sitting in a front-facing car seat in the rear of the vehicle.
Police said the driver – Pablo D. Cabrera, 33, of Pound Ridge – failed a field sobriety test, at which point he was arrested. He was charged with aggravated DWI with a child passenger under 16 years old, and Child Protective Services was notified. Police said it was Cabrera’s first DWI offense. He was also issued a summons for failure to keep right.
Cabrera was released on $240 bail and is due in court on Monday, Aug. 6.
The following item was also reported by the Pound Ridge police:
Driving While Impaired: Early Tuesday, police charged a New Canaan, Conn., man with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor. Police said that about 1:30 a.m., officers saw a driver fail to stop at a stop sign on Westchester Avenue. They pulled him over and detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car, police said. The driver was subjected to a field sobriety test, which police said he failed. Ruppert P. Vernon, 22, was charged with misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, first offense, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, a violation. He was also cited for failing to stop at a stop sign. Vernon was released on $250 bail and is due in court on Aug. 20.