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Cops: Toddler injured in early morning crash; mother charged with DWI

A woman crashed into a utility pole on Hubbard Avenue early on Christmas morning and was arrested for a felony driving while intoxicated charge, Riverhead Town police said.

The driver, Josselin Garcia, had her 15-month-old child in the car, police said. She was charged under Leandra’s Law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with a child under 16.

Police received a call of the crash at about 4:41 a.m. and found the 2000 Ford Focus had left the road and struck a utility pole, police said. The child was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance members for treatment of injuries that were not life threatening, police said.

Ms. Garcia was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and operating without a valid New York State driver’s license. The crash caused a power outage in the area and PSEG was notified, police said.

Ms. Garcia was held for arraignment in Riverhead Justice Court.