Long Island Dad Drove Drunk With Kids in Car: Cops

A 46-year-old Suffolk County man was arrested Saturday, charged with driving drunk while he had two young children in the car.

Reynaldo Jackson, of Copiague, was driving southbound on Deer Park Avenue in Babylon when he rear-ended a Mazda stopped at a light at Simon Street, said Suffolk County police. The Mazda then struck a Jeep.

Jackson's 12-year-old son and 2-year-old grandson were in the car with him during the accident, according to police. The children were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center to be checked out. No one else was treated.

Police said a responding officer who interviewed Jackson determined his ability to drive was impaired by drugs, and arrested him.

Jackson was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, a felony while under Leandra's Law; driving while ability impaired by drugs; and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Jackson was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Oct. 16.

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