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Woman charged with aggravated DWI and leaving the scene

According to New York State troopers from the Village of Lake Success, a 45-year-old woman was detained after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident. The incident occurred on Feb. 24 on the Northern State Parkway close to Meadowbrook Parkway.

Troopers were called out on an accident report involving a white van. When they arrived, the driver of the white van reportedly told them his van had been struck by a grey car which then subsequently fled. Upon searching the area, troopers then reportedly located the 45-year-old East Northport woman driving in her grey Honda sedan. The woman was reportedly driving with her son, a 10-year-old, in the car with her.

Upon stopping and questioning the woman, troopers reportedly noticed signs that she had been drinking. The woman allegedly failed roadside sobriety tests and she was taken into custody on multiple charges. Her charges include aggravated DWI under the New York Child Passenger Protection Act, along with a class D felony charge due to a prior DWI conviction. Additionally, she is facing a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child and violations for leaving the scene of an accident and other traffic offenses. The woman's son was released to a family member when she was taken into custody.

A drunk driving charge may bring serious consequences in the event of conviction. When there are aggravating factors, such as causing an accident, leaving the scene, having a child in the car and a prior record of conviction, the penalties may be even more serious. Those who are charged with a drunk driving offense may want to seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney who may be able to pursue the matter through trial or to secure a favorable plea arrangement with the prosecutor.

Source: LONGISLAND.COM, "East Northport woman arrested for DWI and leaving crash scene", Feb. 24, 2015.

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