State Senate candidate David Mejias has been charged with three counts of stalking a former girlfriend.
The menacing, stalking and reckless endangerment charges were unveiled today in a Hempstead court in connection with a domestic violence incident, Nassau County police said.
Cops busted Mejias Wednesday after his ex-girlfriend told police he had been stalking her. Detectives say the 34-year-old ex-girlfriend was driving on Piping Rock Road when she noticed Mejias following her in his car. Meijias then drove passed her and abruptly stopped, forcing the woman to stop her car.
At that point, detectives said Mejias got out of his car and approached the woman, yelling and screaming. When the ex-girlfriend drove off, Mejias got back in his car and kept following her, authorities said. She eventually got away and called the cops, who took Mejias into custody and held him overnight while they investigated.
The Democratic candidate is challenging incumbent state Sen. Kemp Hannon.
Mejias' campaign spokesman Akeem Henry did not immediately return a call for comment. But in an e-mail to media Wednesday night he canceled a scheduled news conference where Mejias was to receive several endorsements.
Mejias did not speak in court. He was released on $1,000 bail.