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Police: Father Flees, Abandons Child in Car After Cops Pull Over Driver For DWI

A Stony Brook man was driving under the influence of drugs with a child in the car; the passenger, a Kings Park man and father to the child, flees the scene, police say.

SMITHTOWN, LONG ISLAND, NY -- Police said the father of a 4-year-old boy abandoned him and fled arresting officers after the man he was riding with got pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs.

Police said Benjamin Laudonio, 26, of Stony Brook, was driving a 1995 Lincoln sedan at 11:40 a.m. when he crossed over the center divider line on Route 25 in Smithtown. When Laudonio was pulled over by an officer, the passenger of the car, Paul Lucente, 30, of Kings Park, fled the scene with his child still in the back seat. An investigation revealed that Laudonio was under the influence of drugs, police said. 

Lucente was later found by police and arrested on endangering the welfare of a child and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.

Laudonio was arrested on five separate charges – operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, aggravated DWI with a child less than 16-years-old – which is a felony under Leandra’s Law, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, endangering the welfare of a child and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Lucente was one of 24 from Smithtown who was arrested in a heroin bust, dubbed "Operation Heroin Highway",  a year long investigation conducted by the Queens District Attorney's office. Lucente was arrested in December of 2011 and officials announced the results of the operation in January. In all, officers seized more than 8,000 glassine envelopes of heroin, more than five kilograms of heroin, 2.7 kilograms of cocaine and five pistols, a shotgun and an assault rifle.

The boy’s mother, Brittney Williams, also of Kings Park, was seriously injured back in December when she was struck by a car on St. Johnland Road. Friends reported in January that Williams was on a slow road to recovery. A bake sale was held for Williams that same month, to help fray medical and child care costs.

The boy was picked Monday by his maternal grandfather.

im only telling you what I think April 26, 2012 at 06:03 PM
In response to "The Flow" What is she supposed to do you ask? How about not worry about what others say about her or her family? People are going to talk and people will state their opinions when a situation comes up, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one; and you feel the need to prove to have the biggest asshole. I think you should re-read my post because I clearly said "instead should be taking the advice from others because what you and your family have been doing, OBVIOUSLY isn't working." Never indicating that any of these comments are helpful. Unfortunately, this is what happens when your family is in the news for reasons other than positive ones. People will judge, and people will talk. As a person, you just keep your head up and continue on with your life because their judgements and chatter should not affect you. And I agree that the kid is "better off being loaded in a canon and shot into space". Mainly because, as a parent, your kids should always come first. I understand he suffers with an addiction, but this was not his first run in with the law for drugs. At the first sign of addiction, SOMEONE should have had an intervention. And the Lucente's knew what he was up to because he was arrested in December for the heroin highway. So at that point, someone should have stepped in and said "Hey, the mother is in the hospital, the father has an addiction, lets not allow the baby to be put into the middle of everything. " That's the responsible thin
im only telling you what I think April 26, 2012 at 06:13 PM
g to do. And I'm sorry about the "drug dealing, cop fleeing, baby leaving brother"...did I not state the truth? Love the way you find the need to put everyone down who makes a comment as if its your civic duty. Maybe I should ask you the question you asked someone else, what size cape do you wear? I figure you are involved in this somehow or else it wouldn't matter. Or you have been picked on and bullied your entire life so you deem it necessary to stick up for the little person. So everything you say about everyone else is actually everything that you feel about yourself. I have dealt with my family being in the news for negative reasons, but fortuantely for myself and my family, it was before the age of social media and websites like these. Bottom line, prison wont do him any good; it will only sharpen his skills as a drug dealer and other methods on getting high. A good treatment center is where he needs to be and I'm not talking about a 3 month program. When he says he's ok to go home, make him stay 6 months longer. Thats my opinion!
im only telling you what I think April 26, 2012 at 08:28 PM
True Kings Parkers huh? Were you born and raised in Kings Park? If so, then you turned to heroin just like most people your age did; so who is the REAL Kings Parker? And you've know Paul for years? Did you ever try and help him, or were you getting high right beside him? With having plenty of run ins with SCPD, and seeing all the passings recently of kids under the age of 21 to drugs, did any of that give you a wake up call? Problem is, kids always think they are invicible and "it won't happen to them". There are people called therapists, phsycologists, psychiatrists and social workers, hell even anonymous meetings and phone lines of people who are there for those who wish to seek help. I wish you the best of luck on your long road to recovery and I pray that you stay clean
scott April 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM
As someone myself who fell victim to drugs an arrest and the way the press exzaggerates and throws information out of context i would like to say this is not news ... this should not even be public .... i express the 1st amendment rediculisly as far as FREE SPEECH goes but the way press ruins ppls lifes n reputaions with false information is rediculis . this is a matter that only paul and his family should be aware of not KINGS PARK JUDGEMENTAL ASSH*LES . Stop making peoples lives who actually have real problems to deal with worse . As far as pauls recovery goes i know hes got it in him to turn this around . Ive been friends with the family for years and i know with their support he will make a recovery i know its possible after hitting my rock bottom i did it and i kno he will too . Good luck to him and his family Keep yur heads up all will be fine . His family will kno who this is if u need anything gimme a call !
rf May 17, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Too bad birth control isn't retroactive......

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