In New York, a conviction on a drunk driving charge could mean a suspended
license and jail time, not to mention the impact to an individual's
personal and professional life. Various circumstances could make the penalties
more severe. Following a recent car accident in Clay, a 50-year-old woman
now faces allegations of drunk driving and other traffic violations. Four
people were injured in the crash, and the accused was later taken to the
hospital for treatment.
The woman allegedly ran a red light at approximately 8 p.m. on Jan. 19
as she was traveling westbound, smashing her Jeep Cherokee into a northbound
Subaru Forester with five passengers. The driver of the Subaru was not
injured. However, his wife and three adult daughters were all injured
and taken to a hospital in Syracuse after being extricated from the car.
Before the accused was transported to the hospital for chest pains, deputies
charged her with misdemeanor counts of DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation
of a motor vehicle. In addition, she was cited for not stopping at a red
light. According to reports, her license was previously revoked or suspended.
As the accused now faces these drunk driving allegations, her future is
unclear. Even though she has been charged with misdemeanor offenses, she
may have to deal with long-term consequences to her alleged actions. She
would do well to seek representation that is skilled in DWI defense and
understands the potential criminal consequences in New York. This may
help her obtain a better outcome to her case while also ensuring that
her legal rights are protected.
Sheriff's: Clay woman drove drunk, ran red light, crashed into car
with family of 5, Catie O'Toole, Jan. 19, 2014