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19-Year-Old Drove Drunk On Long Island Expressway With Girl, 15, In Car, Police Say

A 19-year-old man driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law after he was pulled over on the Long Island Expressway for speeding in Suffolk County.
A 19-year-old man driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law after he was pulled over on the Long Island Expressway for speeding in Suffolk County. Photo Credit: File

A 19-year-old man driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law after he was pulled over on the Long Island Expressway for speeding in Suffolk County.

It happened eastbound near Exit 63 in Holtsville on Sunday, Oct. 20 just before 2 a.m., Suffolk County Police said.

Thomas Zuckerman, 19, of Lake Ronkonkoma, 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 approximately 1:55 a.m. 

A highway patrol officer who initiated the traffic stop for speeding arrested Zuckerman at the scene, police said. The girl was released to a family member. There were no injuries.

Sixth Squad detectives charged Zuckerman with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger 15 years old or younger (Leandra’s Law), and endangering the welfare of a child.

Zuckerman was held overnight at the Sixth Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.

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