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Cops: Nassau woman high on drugs with baby in car

Janine Lafirandra, 36, of Hicksville, is accused of driving while high on drugs, police say.
Janine Lafirandra, 36, of Hicksville, is accused of driving while high on drugs, police say.Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

A Hicksville woman was arrested Thursday after allegedly fleeing the scene of a car crash and authorities said she was high on drugs at the time with her infant son in the backseat, according to Nassau County police.

Janine Lafiandra, 36, is awaiting arraignment Jan. 10 at First District Court in Hempstead after being arrested under Leandra’s Law for aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Police said Lafiandra was driving a 2013 Mercedes Benz along Main Street in Hempstead when she crashed into a 2004 Ford that was coming south along West Columbia Street. Authorities allege she sped off, leaving the 66-year-old male driver of the other vehicle at the scene.

Officers in nearby Garden City pulled her over when they spotted her heading north along Franklin Avenue.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Lafiandra “was operating under the influence of drugs” and placed her under arrest.

Police said her 1-year-old son was the backseat of the car. He was not injured and was later picked up by his grandmother.

Lafiandra also faces additional charges that include two counts of driving while ability impaired and three counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.