A Baldwin couple earned a rare distinction Friday -- both husband and wife were arrested Friday and charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident on Grand Avenue.
The unusual series of events occurred at 6:42 p.m. after a State Police trooper observed a green Jeep, driven by Colleen Magner, 38, flee the scene after striking a black GMC pickup on Grand Avenue in Baldwin, authorities said.
The trooper found the Jeep nearby at a Walgreens parking lot on Grand Avenue in Baldwin, just south of the accident scene, State Police said.PhotosRecent LI mug shotsDataLI crime stats
The Jeep was being driven at the time by Sean Magner, 41, who was found to be intoxicated, police said.
Sean Magner was subsequently arrested on charges of felony DWI -- he refused to take a breath test -- along with several traffic violations. He has three prior DWI convictions, State Police said.
Troopers then found Colleen Magner inside the Walgreens. She admitted to having driven the Jeep at the time of the crash and took a breath test that registered a reading of 0.24 percent -- three times the legal threshold for drunken driving, police said.
Police later found that the Jeep had also struck a light pole in the Walgreens parking lot.
Colleen Magner was charged with aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of a property damage auto accident and other traffic violations.
Sean Magner was held for arraignment; his wife was released and is due in First District Court in Hempstead on May 5.