A mother from Long Island has been arrested after she allegedly drove drunk with her children in the car.
Police say 39-year-old Laquita Brooks was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique southbound on Dix Hills Road just before 11 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle 200 feet south of Dellwood Drive, left the roadway, struck a signpost and hit a tree. In court papers, Brooks admitted she was on her cell phone at the time.
Her 7-year-old daughter sustained a serious head injury while her 5-year-old son suffered only a minor one.
Neither child, both of whom were in the backseat, was wearing proper child restraints at the time of the accident. Both children were taken to Huntington Hospital and were treated. Later, Brooks’ daughter was transported to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park for further medical treatment.
Brooks, who is currently unemployed, was arrested and charged with one count of driving under the influence with a child 15 years or younger otherwise known as Leandra’s Law, one count of DWI and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.… Read More