Woman who crashed into L.I. home had 4x legal booze limit: Officials

A Mercedes slams through the home at 200

A Mercedes slams through the home at 200 Southdown Road on Monday, May 28, 2012 in Huntington, New York. (Credit: A Mercedes slams through a Long Island home on Monday (Steve Silverman))

A Brooklyn woman who police say was drunk and speeding when she plowed a Mercedes-Benz convertible into a Long Island home on Monday had a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Sophia Anderson, 21, of Bushwick, pleaded not guilty Tuesdayto charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding and not having proof of insurance.

A breath-analysis on the scene registered her blood-alcohol level at .30%, according to Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe.

Anderson is being held on $50,000 cash bail.

"Emotionally, right now, she's extremely upset," John LoTurco, Anderson's attorney, said. "She's very remorseful. She's thankful no one in the home was hurt."

LoTurco said Anderson was driving her boyfriend's father's 2003 red Mercedes when it slammed through an elderly woman's home. The 90-year-old woman and her caretaker were uninjured, as was Anderson's unidentified boyfriend. He was not charged with a crime.

Anderson appeared shoeless at her arraignment Tuesday, with her arm bandaged and her face heavily bruised.

The car went right through the home's living room just after 4 a.m. on Monday, dragging a gas oven into a back yard, where it smashed into trees.

LoTurco said prosecutors told him that Anderson admitted having three beers before the crash, though he said he was unsure if she was impaired.

"Clearly, she missed the stop sign," he said, speculating that Anderson could have fallen asleep while driving or otherwise lost control of the car.

LoTurco said Anderson's family is trying to make arrangements to post bail. She is scheduled to return to court next week.


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