A repeat drunken driver suspected of driving while intoxicated with her three children in the vehicle was arrested at her home Friday night after crashing into another car, authorities said.
Eileen F. Danon, 43, of Oceanside, was arraigned Saturday on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years or younger, also known as Leandra's Law.
She also is charged with child endangerment, driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident without reporting it.
Judge Andrea Phoenix in First District Court in Hempstead set bail at $9,000 cash and suspended Danon's driver's license because she refused a breath test.
Prosecutors said Danon has two prior convictions for DWI.
Danon was arrested at 8 p.m. Friday after she pulled into her driveway, about an hour after rear-ending another vehicle at West Park Avenue and Indiana Avenue in Long Beach, said police spokeswoman Officer Maureen Roach. No one was hurt in the crash, she said.
Authorities left the children, ages 6, 9 and 11, with a neighbor, police said.
A Nassau officer had gone to Danon's home after the driver of the rear-ended vehicle noted the license plate of Danon's vehicle. Police matched the registration to Danon's home.
Danon's lawyer, Robert Brunetti of Mineola, told the judge Saturday that his client drank two beers before the accident but was not intoxicated.
Brunetti denied that his client fled the scene. He said Danon stopped, got out of her 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, holding her license, and approached the other vehicle. She knocked on the vehicle's window but was ignored, he said.
Danon then returned to her car, and a passenger exited the other vehicle and took a picture of Danon's license plate, Brunetti said.
With Lauren R. Harrison