Police Officer Colin Dyer of the 106th Precinct was honored with the Cop of the Month award at the community council meeting last week for his arrest of an allegedly intoxicated driver who police said had his 5-year-old daughter in the car.
According to court records, the driver was charged with a felony for driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle — a violation of the Child Passenger Protection Act known as Leandra’s Law. He was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Leandra’s law, which took effect last July, makes it possible to charge an individual operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol while having a passenger younger than 16-years-old in the car with a felony.
Dyer was dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound Belt Parkway near exit 20 at 150th Street and Rockaway Boulevard on May 3 at 5:40 p.m.
According to Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Dyer, while conduction his field investigation at the accident scene, noticed the driver had watery eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath.
Dyer then placed the driver under arrest, Pascale said. He was given a breathalyzer test, which determined that his blood alcohol level was allegedly twice the legal limit.
Pascale said the suspect is a robbery parolee and has a long arrest record.
“For effecting the arrest and doing a proper field investigation we are honoring Officer Dyer,” said Pascale.
According to Queens County Supreme Court records, the suspect’s bail was set at $2,500 cash or bond.