Congers woman drove drunk, drugged with child in car, police say
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A woman who drove drunk and drugged into a collision with another vehicle in Clarkstown on Saturday afternoon -- with her son in her car -- awaits an April court hearing, police said.
Donna Weldon, 45, of Congers, faces numerous charges in the 1 p.m. Saturday collision at North Middletown and West Clarkstown roads, a few hundred feet from the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Clarkstown police said.
Weldon was driving a 2007 Hyundai north on Middletown Road when her car rear-ended a 1991 Pontiac, police said.
A witness dialed 911, and responding police officers from Orangetown and Nyack found Weldon with her 6-year-old son in the car, according to News12. Because a child was in the car, the charge is an automatic felony under the Child Passenger Protection Act, better known as Leandra's Law.
No one was injured in the collision.
Weldon had an odor of alcohol on her breath and was given field sobriety tests, which she failed, police said. She was then taken to Clarkstown police headquarters and given a Breathalyzer test, which she also failed, registering a blood-alcohol content reading above .18 percent, police said. The state's legal limit for intoxication is .08 percent.
Weldon also was given a urine test, police said. The results are pending.
Orangetown and Nyack police were the first responders because most of Clarkstown's force was attending funeral services at the time at St. Augustine's Church in New City for Officer Chris McCrudden, a 24-year Clarkstown police veteran who died Monday of complications from a recent illness.
Orangetown and Nyack police handed the scene over to Clarkstown officers, who arrived soon after. The boy's father arrived and was seen taking the boy from the scene, News12 reported.
Weldon was charged with one felony count of aggravated DWI with a passenger less than 16 and misdemeanor counts of driving while ability impaired by combined influence of drugs and alcohol, DWI and endangering the welfare of a child.
Weldon was released on an appearance ticket, a Clarkstown Town Court official said Monday. She will return to court April 1 at 1:30 p.m., Sgt. Steven Chernick said Monday.
The court did not have any information on Weldon's legal representation, and a Congers phone number listed for her was not in service Monday.