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Orchard Park Police arrested a 45-year-old man on a felony drunken driving charge and violating Leandra’s Law because a child was in the vehicle.

Police said officers stopped Burke W. Forster of Orchard Park on California Road Friday night because his vehicle had expired out-of-state plates. After submitting to a breath test, Forster was subsequently arrested on a DWI charge because the test revealed his blood-alcohol content was .15 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

Because Forster was convicted of DWI in 2011, the DWI charge was upgraded to a felony, police said.

In addition, his 11-year-old son was in the vehicle when stopped, resulting in police charging Forster with violating Leandra’s Law.

Forster also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, unregistered motor vehicle, uninsured motor vehicle and speeding. He was released after posting $200 bail and has a Town Court date on Feb. 18.

Leandra’s Law is named after 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed in October 2009 when the adult driving her and her friends, crashed the car on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York City. The driver was arrested for DWI.