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Police: Woman charged with felony DWI had 6-year-old in car

Publication: The Southampton Press
  Oct 6, 2010 12:09 PM

A Sag Harbor woman is now facing felony DWI and child endangerment charges after she was found to be driving under the influence of drugs with her 6-year-old child in the car, according to Southampton Town Police.

Town Police said 38-year-old Angela A. Huper was pulled over shortly before 6 p.m. last Wednesday, September 29, for failing to maintain her lane while driving west on Noyac Road in Noyac. Police said she failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with felony DWI, an elevated charge, for 
violating Leandra’s Law, a state law that increases the severity of a DWI or a driving while 
ability impaired charge if a 
child is in the vehicle at the time.

Ms. Huper was also charged with driving while her ability was impaired by drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors, and multiple traffic infractions, including making an unsafe lane change and failing to maintain her lane, according to authorities. Police also said her 2008 Infinity was unregistered and they charged her with driving an unregistered motor vehicle, a violation.

Ms. Huper was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

The father of the 6-year-old picked up their child and Ms. Huper was taken to Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays to await arraignment. She was held overnight and arraigned last Thursday, September 30, in Southampton Town Justice Court, where she was remanded to Suffolk County Jail in Riverside in lieu of $5,000 bail. She was arraigned again on Tuesday, October 5, and sent back to jail after failing to post either $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond, according to court officials. If she makes bail, she will be due back in court on October 28; if she does not post, she will return to court on November 30.

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