Inwood Man Arrested Following DWI Involved Accident on Rockaway Turnpike


The Public Information Office reports the arrest of an Inwood man for a DWI – Leandra’s Law in Inwood at 10:40 PM on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

According to Police, officers were responding to a call for a leaving the scene auto accident at 679 Rockaway Turnpike in Lawrence. They located a Red Ford pickup truck at the intersection of Wheelock Avenue and West Broadway in Inwood. The pickup truck was located on Wheelock Avenue, facing southbound on the northbound side of the road. Inside the pickup truck were two adult females and three young children. After locating the victim, and conducting a thorough investigation, it was determined that the pickup truck was being operated by Julio Cesar Portillo, 50, of 195 W Broadway at the time of the auto accident. It was further determined that at the time of the accident, the defendant was intoxicated and that there were three minors in his vehicle, ages 1, 5, and 9. There were no injuries reported and the defendant was placed into custody, without further incident.

Defendant Julio Cesar Portillo is charged with (3) Counts of Driving While Intoxicated, (3) Counts of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated – With a Child Passenger Less than 16 (Leandra’s Law), (3) Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree, and multiple driving infractions. He will be arraigned on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Mineola.

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