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Dad Accused of Drug Use While Driving Tot

Mother also faces charges.

Suffolk County Police arrested the Huntington parents of a toddler Friday on charges of driving with a lit marijuana cigarette, with their toddler in the car.

Police gave this account:

Paul Rice was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Galant south on Park Avenue but failed to signal a turn onto when he turned onto Maple Hill Road at about 3:40 p.m.

He was stopped by 2nd Precinct Patrol Officer Jeffrey Michaels, who saw  a burning marijuana cigarette in the center console as well as a strong smell of burning marijuana within the vehicle. Also in the car were Alyssa Moore, 21, and their two-year-old son.

Further investigation revealed that Moore and Rice had been smoking marijuana while traveling in the car.

Rice, 21, of 210 E. Main St., Huntington, was charged with aggravated DWI with a child passenger 15 Years old or younger (Leandra’s Law),  DWI drugs, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of marijuana 5th degree. Moore, of the same address, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana 5th degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

The child was released to relatives.

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Rice and Moore are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday.


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