Thursday, September 2, 2010

Drunk Father Drives Kids 30 Blocks On Rockaway Beach Board Walk

Once fall weather arrives, the Rockaway Beach boardwalk goes from being a resort to the beach town's Main Street.

Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. (Photo: Goldfield for the New York Daily News)


A drunken Queens dad cruised his car 30 blocks down the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk - with six kids in the back, prosecutors said Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News.

Renato Bernal, 41, had 1-1/2 times the legal alcohol limit when he almost hit a man on the pedestrian-only beach strip, then zoomed off Tuesday.

"That was pretty bold," said neighboMarguerite Young, 33. "He could have hit anybody walking."

The Richmond Hill man was charged under the state's Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony to drive drunk with children in a car. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

"It's a miracle that no one was injured or killed," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Among the six kids in the car were Bernal's two daughters, 16 and 14. There were also two 7-year-old nephews.

Read More:

Leandra's Law bust for bozo who drove 30 blocks on Rockaway Beach Boardwalk
New York Daily News -  September 2nd 2010 -  By Michael J. Feeney and Thomas Zambito

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