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Cops: Driver, high on drugs, is pinned between her car, bus

An Islip Terrace driver rear-ended a Suffolk County transit bus Wednesday on the Southern State Parkway and ended up being pinned between the two vehicles after she got out and left her car in gear, State Police said.

Margaret M. Dopfel, 46, was not hurt and declined medical attention at the scene, police said, but she was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law because she was driving high on drugs with her 8-year-old son in the car, police said.

Dopfel was going west on the parkway when she hit the bus at about 8:50 a.m. near Exit 36 in Lindenhurst, police said.

After both drivers pulled over onto the shoulder, Dopfel walked up to talk to the bus driver and that's when her car started rolling, police said.

The bus driver jumped into her car and put it in park, police said.

Dopfel agreed to take a chemical test of her blood, which tested positive for drugs, police said.

She was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, endangering the welfare of a child and other traffic violations, police said. She was being held Wednesday afternoon pending arraignment, police said.

Under the state's Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as Leandra's Law, drivers can be charged with aggravated DWI, a felony, if they have a child under 16 in the vehicle.

Dopfel's son was turned over to a family member, police said.

No one in the bus, which had two passengers, was injured, police said.

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