A Staten Island man was busted for speeding drunk over the Verrazano Bridge with two kids in his backseat, making him the first person in the borough to face the new Leandra's Law punishments. Rudy Caba was driving his wife and two stepchildren, ages 3 and 7, home from a party early yesterday morning, and was pulled over for driving 73 mph. Police found an empty beer bottle in the car, and Caba blew a .14 on a breathalyzer test.
Caba claims he didn't think he would be driving that night, so he allowed himself to drink. "I had a few drinks, just like you would at a party," he told police. He was also found driving with a suspended license, and was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, punishable by up to four years in prison.
Leandra's Law, named for an 11-year-old girl killed by friend’s drunken mom in a crash on the West Side Highway, makes it a felony for anyone to drive intoxicated with a person under the age of 15 in the car. On Sunday the second part of the law went into effect, requiring any motorist convicted of a DWI to install a "breathalyzer box" in their car, which requires them to pass a breathalyzer test every time they drive.