Cops: Rocky Point Man Driving Drunk With Toddler Charged After Crash

Timothy J. Shaw of Rocky Point struck a utility pole head-on.

A 34-year-old Rocky Point man was charged with a felony under Leandra’s Law on Friday after Southampton Town police said he struck a utility pole in Speonk head-on — his two-year-old was in the car.

According to police, Timothy Shaw, who had a prior DWI conviction, was slapped with a second felony for DWI, as well as with charges of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor; open alcohol in a motor vehicle and several other traffic violations.

Police said witnesses saw Shaw driving at a high speed down on Montuak Highway, failing to navigate a turn causing him to strike an embankment, become airborne, clear a four foot residential fence and then strike a utility pole head on, breaking it. His 2001 Subaru Forrester then came to a rest in the back yard of a residence.

Shaw nor his child appeared to be injured, however, the two-year-old was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for observation and child protective services was called.

Shaw's car was impounded.

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Ligirl January 02, 2013 at 07:01 PM
How is someone with a prior conviction driving? All DUI and dwi convictions from aug 2010 are mandated to have ignition interlock in their car?!
Tom Capodanno January 19, 2013 at 07:14 PM
if you drive with a person under 15 it is automatically a felony -part of the Leandras law
Tom Capodanno January 19, 2013 at 07:34 PM
however there is a 31 % compliance rate on ignition interlock. Driving without mandated interlock is a class A misdemeanor. Problem is people lie and say they have no vehicle(sign affadavit) then go and drive another vehicle. The State legislature can remedy this by passing amendments meant to end interlock loopholes such as mandatory alcohol sensing ankle bracelets for all "non vehicle " defendants .Also DMV and "AIM" need to get on the same computer system. Recent layoffs in state jobs have hurt this system to the point where the court isnt even notified when an offender doesn't show up at "aim " to get interlock started.


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