HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.: Democratic state Senate candidate David Mejias was charged Thursday with three counts of stalking a former girlfriend.
Mejias, 39, appeared in Nassau County Arraignment Court after spending the night in jail. He was arrested Wednesday in the Suffolk County town of Matinicock after police said he followed the woman in her car. After forcing her to pull over, he yelled and screamed at her, police said. The woman was driving with a new boyfriend at the time, prosecutors said.
Mejias did not speak in court. His attorney, Miguel Alvarado, said the woman initially did not plan to press charges but later changed her mind.
Mejias was released on $1,000 bail.
Mejias, an attorney and former Nassau County legislator, is challenging incumbent Republican state Sen. Kemp Hannon. Mejias ran for Congress in 2006, losing to incumbent Republican Rep. Peter King.
Campaign spokesman Akeem Henry did not return a call for comment. Mejias has canceled a scheduled news conference where he was to receive several endorsements.