Man Arrested for Leandra’s Law Following Crash

FARMINGVILLE – Southbound Nicolls Road, south of Portion Road / Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at approximately 6 p.m.

Suffolk County Police have arrested a North Bellport man for driving under the influence of drugs with his two children in his vehicle following a motor vehicle crash.

Kevin Nichols was driving a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer southbound on Nicolls Road when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned south of Portion Road at approximately 6 p.m.

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Nichols, 44, of 824 Doane Ave., was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger 15 Years Old or Younger (Leandra’s Law), Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Nichols was admitted to Stony Brook University Hospital and will be arraigned at a later date.

The children were released to a family member.

The vehicle was impounded and the investigation is continuing. Detectives are asking anyone with information this crash to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Case Number: KM/1130