A 42-year old grandmother pretended to be her daughter during the older woman's arrest for driving drunk with her 7-year-old granddaughter, Suffolk County police said.
Wanda Carter, who police say has 28 suspensions and was wanted on a felony forgery warrant, had been speeding eastbound in a 2013 Chevrolet and erratically changing lanes on Sunrise Highway at 3:23 a.m. when highway patrol Officer Jeffrey Pitkewicz pulled her over, authorities said.
Carter initially identified herself with her 27-year-old daughter's name and claimed to have no ID with her, police said. Police said they determined Carter was intoxicated and placed her under arrest.
Later, an officer calling family members to take custody of the 7-year-old reached someone who was shocked when the officer gave the name of the arrestee, said Det. Sgt. Alan Feinstein, a supervisor of the Patchogue-based Fifth Squad detectives. "She goes, 'What do you mean? That's me!' " Feinstein said. "'That's gotta be my mother you have there!' "
Carter was charged with a number of crimes, including aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years old or younger, a felony under Leandra's Law; endangering the welfare of a child; forgery; criminal impersonation; and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.
Carter will be held overnight and is scheduled for arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip. The vehicle was impounded, police said, and the child went home with her mother.