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Police: Stop Of Car With Brake Light Out Leads To Discovery Of Drunk Driver With Kids In Car

Luis Carabello-Santiago
Luis Carabello-Santiago Photo Credit: Nassau County Police

The stop of a car with a brake light out led to the discovery of a man driving drunk with his two young daughters in the car on a busy Long Island roadway.

It happened around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 in Wantagh.

While on routine patrol, Nassau County Police Seventh Precinct officers observed Luis Carabello-Santiago, of Pennsylvania, operating a 2019 Kia Sorrento. 

After the vehicle was observed with a defective brake light, officers activated their emergency lights and conducted a vehicle and traffic Law stop on the Sunrise Highway overpass of the Wantagh State Parkway, police said.

During the investigation, it was determined that Carabello-Santiago, emitted the odor of alcohol on his breath and had glassy eyes, according to police. 

Carabello-Santiago's 10- and 6-year-old daughters were seated in the back of the vehicle, said police. 

The children were released to their mother at the scene. No injuries were reported.

Carabello-Santiago was placed under arrest without incident. 

Carabello-Santiago was charged with:

  • two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated (child under 16, Leandra’s Law),
  • two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, 
  • two counts of driving while intoxicated,
  • and multiple VTL infractions. 

He was due to be arraigned on Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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