Calls to police and intervention from concerned bystanders led to the arrest of a 43-year-old woman for allegedly driving drunk with two children in the car at a popular shopping area in Northern Westchester.
Police received multiple reports of an intoxicated female in the Scotts Corners Market area with two young children on Monday morning, Pound Ridge Police Chief Dave Ryan said.
Police responded and identified the subject as Jennifer Gordon of South Salem.
An investigation revealed that Gordon was intoxicated and was attempting to leave the Market Square when civilians intervened. Gordon’s two children, age 7 and 9, were also present, Ryan said.
Police interviewed witnesses and reviewed numerous video recordings from cameras in and around Scotts Corners and the Market Square area.
After issuing field sobriety tests, Jennifer Gordon was taken into custody and transported to Pound Ridge Police Headquarters where she was processed for Aggravated DWI with children under 15 in the vehicle.
Gordon refused to take any tests to determine the alcohol content in her blood, Ryan said. New York's implied consent law states that any person who operates a motor vehicle in the state shall be deemed to have given consent to a chemical test of one or more of the following: breath, blood, urine, or saliva, for the purpose of determining the alcoholic and/or drug content of the blood.
The children’s father, also a South Salem resident, responded to pick up the children.
Gordon was arraigned before Pound Ridge Justice Regina Kelly and released on $1,000 bail.
The Child Passenger Protection Act, known as Leandra’s Law, has been on the books since Dec. 18, 2009. The law is named in memory of 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, who was killed when an SUV she and seven other children were riding in crashed on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan in October 2009.
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