Youngest child in car was only two weeks old
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Far Rockaway man was arraigned today on a nine-count grand jury indictment for driving while intoxicated in February with four children in his car.
Miguel Quezada, 28, was arraigned today before Acting Supreme Court Justice William O’Brien on charges of:• Four counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, With a Child, also known as Leandra’s Law (an E felony)• Four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (an A misdemeanor)• Operating of Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of Alcohol (an unclassified misdemeanor)The defendant's bail was continued at $10,000 bond. Quezada is due back in court on April 6 and faces a maximum of up to 1 1/3 years to 4 years in prison if convicted on the top charge. “This defendant was allegedly driving while intoxicated at 3:05 a.m., endangering the lives of his four children, his wife and everyone else on the road that early morning,” DA Singas said. “Thankfully Nassau County Police Department officers stopped the allegedly intoxicated defendant before he crashed and caused anyone harm.”
DA Singas said that at approximately 3:05 a.m. on February 8, the defendant was driving a 2005 blue Toyota Sienna in Inwood. The occupants of the car included a 26- year old woman and four children ages two weeks old, two years old, three years old and eight years old.
Quezada allegedly pulled out of a restaurant parking lot, located at 325 Rockaway Turnpike, when he was observed by members of the Nassau County Police Department Fourth Precinct.
The defendant was then stopped near the intersection of Burnside Avenue and Nassau Expressway and subsequently arrested.
Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Dellinger of DA Singas’ Vehicular Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case. Quezada is represented by Christopher Renfroe, Esq.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.