A woman found “semi-conscious” and “very disoriented” behind the wheel with a 10-year-old child in the car was arrested on a felony DWI charge under Leandra’s Law yesterday afternoon, Riverhead Town Police said.
Police said Anne G. Hansen of Greenlawn, 52, was behind the wheel of a 2004 Toyota Sedan stopped for an extended period of time at the entrance to the Willow Pond condominium community at Willow Pond Drive near Sound Avenue.
Another motorist approached the Toyota to see if the driver needed assistance and found the driver “appeared to be semi-conscious, very disoriented with slurred speech,” with the vehicle’s engine running and its transmission in the drive position, according to police. He was able to reach inside the Toyota, put the vehicle in park, turn off the ignition and remove the keys, police said.
A third motorist called police at 4:17 p.m.
Riverhead Police patrol officers responded to investigate and, with the assistance of detectives, determined Hansen was intoxicated and had been operating the vehicle with a child passenger.
Hansen was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra’s Law and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, police said. She was processed and held for arraignment. The Toyota was impounded by police, the report said.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Riverhead Police Department at (631)727-4500.
Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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