A 19-year-old man in Lockport, New York, has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and other charges related to the eight passengers he had in his vehicle at the time of his arrest on New Year’s Eve.
Niagara County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver just after midnight on Jan. 1, WHEC reported.
Trevor Kureczka was pulled over for reckless driving and given a field sobriety test, of which he allegedly failed. He was later charged with DWI.
Kureczka had eight passengers in his vehicle, ranging in age from 15 to 20. Two of the passengers were found in the trunk.
In addition to the DWI charge, he faces two counts of Leandra's Law violations.
The New York State Leandra's Law, or Child Passenger Protection Act, was enacted in 2009 and makes it a first-time felony offense for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both while transporting passengers age 15 and under, according to the New York State Senate.
A Leandra's Law offense carries a sentence of one to four years in state prison, a fine of $1,000 to $5,000, and the requirement to install an ignition interlock device.
For the two passengers found in his trunk, Kureczka also faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, reported WHEC.
Kureczka was remanded to the Niagara County Jail, and held on $750 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 5.