Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dad arrested for DWI under Leandra's Law; 13-year-old son in car (Camden, New York)

Dad RICHARD COBEY has been charged with driving while intoxicated with his 13-year-old son in the vehicle. Thanks to New York state's new Leandra's Law, Daddy could be looking at a felony.


Father arrested for DWI under Leandra’s Law

Last Update: 11:04 am

Vienna (WSYR-TV) – State Police arrested a man Monday night for driving while intoxicated with his 13-year old son was a passenger in the vehicle.

State Police say Richard Cobey, 37, of Camden, was pulled over in the Town of Vienna and arrested after they determined he was intoxicated.

Cobey was arraigned in the Town of Vienna court and held in the Oneida County Jail on $2,500 cash or bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court on January, 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle became felony in New York State last December. The act, called Leandra's Law, was named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, of Manhattan, who was killed going to a sleepover. She and six other children were passengers in a vehicle that crashed on Manhattan's Henry Hudson Parkway in October. Police say the driver was drunk.

Arrested at the same time as Cobey was Mistie Wickham, 40, who lives with Cobey in Camden. State Police say Wickham was charged with criminal contempt after it was determined that she violated the provisions of an order of protection that was in place on Cobey's son's behalf. She was released on an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Vienna court on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.