A West Hempstead man has been accused of drunken driving with his 8-year-old daughter on Sunday night.

Hempstead village police officers pulled over a Ford pickup truck being driven recklessly westbound on Front Street and found the driver, James Chadderton, to be under the influence of alcohol shortly before 11 p.m., authorities said.

Officers found the 51-year-old man’s daughter in the backseat, police said.

Chadderton was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal contempt and driving while intoxicated with a minor, a felony under Leandra’s Law.

Chadderton will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.

His daughter was released to her mother.



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