Woman charged with DWI held at Suffolk jail

Wanda Carter, 42, was arrested in Patchogue early Wanda Carter, 42, was arrested in Patchogue early Saturday and charged with driving drunk with her 7-year-old granddaughter in the car, Suffolk County police said. (June 23, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

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A 42-year-old grandmother who Suffolk County police said pretended to be her daughter while being arrested for driving drunk with her 7-year-old granddaughter was ordered held at the Suffolk County jail on $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash bail at her arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.

Wanda Carter, who police said was undomiciled, was also ordered held on $25 for a previous outstanding warrant.

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She is accused of speeding and driving erratically on Sunrise Highway in Patchogue early Saturday morning while her granddaughter was in the car.

After police pulled her over, Carter allegedly identified herself as her daughter, saying she didn't have her driver's license with her. Police said Carter was intoxicated and had 28 prior suspensions on her license and two warrants.

Carter was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years or younger, otherwise known as Leandra's Law, driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.

She is due back in court on Thursday.

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