Police: Woman With 5 Kids in Car Among Those Arrested at Sobriety Checkpoint

Four others also arrested at checkpoint Sunday night, police say.

Elba Ayala (SCPD photo)
Elba Ayala (SCPD photo)

A Shirley woman with five young children in her car was among five people arrested at a sobriety checkpoint in Shirley Sunday night, police said. 

Police officers from the Suffolk County Highway Patrol Selective Alcohol Fatality Enforcement Team (SAFE-T), assisted by the Suffolk County Parks Police conducted the checkpoint from 8:30 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. on the William Floyd Parkway at Smith Point County Park. 

Elba Ayala, 43, was driving a 2010 Nissan Altima when she attempted to drive through the checkpoint without stopping, police said. 

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Officers were able to pull the vehicle over and determined that Ayala was intoxicated, police said. 

Another adult woman and five children, ages seven months to eight years old, were also in Ayala's vehicle, police said. 

Ayala was arrested and charged with DWI with a child passenger 15 years old or younger–a felony under Leandra's Law, DWI and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child. 

A total of 1,077 vehicles went through the checkpoint, which was conducted to help prevent injuries and fatalities associated with driving while intoxicated, particularly during the holiday weekend, police said.  

The following people were also arrested at the checkpoint and charged with DWI:

  • Robert Downs, 57, of Center Moriches
  • Jonathon Rettig, 38, of East Patchogue
  • Yaneth Rojas-Zuniga, 23, of Shirley
  • Vivian St. Clair, 62, of Shirley

All of those arrested are scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.

robert July 08, 2014 at 11:08 AM
I wonder how many of those checkpoint stops weed out unlicensed, uninsured drivers with no registrations and no inspections and of course the politically correct undocumented poor souls..They seem to leave a lot of these facts out of these kind of stories..Ok, now watch how many roaches come out of the woodwork labeling me for saying what they are thinking but won't admit it..
Jonathan Baker July 08, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Statistically, less than 1% of drivers on our roads are under the "influence" Seems to me that the police might better serve by pulling over speeders (lots of those), or those who roll through stop signs (plenty of those), or who make right turns on red without the requisite stop before making the turn (you know who you are), or enforcing the headlight-on when wipers are on (maybe that should be an automatic thing with the car), or ticketing those speeding through school zones (or make the limits more realistic for the area covered). ...just sayin'.
Charles McGill July 08, 2014 at 12:03 PM
7 people in an Altima, and with presumably at least one car seat?
Sal Anthony July 08, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Jeanmarie Lloyd July 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM
I hope those children were removed from her custody.....thank God she was caught before those innocent children and other drivers were hurt.


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