A Nesconset woman was arrested and charged with felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law after she caused a multivehicle crash in Selden -- with her 4-year-old daughter in her Jeep, authorities said.
Police said Jeannie Muller, 34, struck two other moving vehicles at 9:54 p.m. Monday on Route 25 and Boyle Road, injuring one of the drivers. That driver, whose identity was not released, was taken by Selden Fire Department ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Muller's daughter was not hurt, police said.DataLI crime stats
Photos from the scene show the Jeep with heavy front-end damage, another sport utility vehicle with significant rear-end damage, and a third SUV with serious left front-end damage -- including a missing wheel. Police could not immediately say which direction the Jeep was headed.
Muller was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a child 15 or younger in the vehicle. She also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Muller was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she shoved a Suffolk County police officer, said Robert Clifford, spokesman for the district attorney's office. She was charged with second-degree harassment in that incident, he said.
Her attorney, Michael Brown of Central Islip, emphasized that results from her blood tests are not in yet.
"She's an upstanding member of the community who has a good job in the insurance industry," he said. "It's a little unfair to prejudge her without knowing if she had any alcohol in her system."
Muller, a car insurance agent, refused to take field sobriety tests, Clifford said. She was unsteady on her feet, smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, he said.
She was arraigned Tuesday and bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
The Jeep was impounded.