An East Patchogue man has been arrested for driving drunk with his 15-year-old daughter in the vehicle early Sunday morning, Southampton Town Police said.

Lawrence Clark was stopped for failing to maintain his lane while driving northbound on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays at 12:14 a.m.

Officers found the 56-year-old man to be under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Clark was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, driving while intoxicated as a felony following a prior conviction in the past decade and driving while intoxicated with a minor, a felony under Leandra’s Law.

The girl was released to the custody of a family member and the vehicle was impounded.

Clark will be arraigned at Southampton Town Justice Court.



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