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Taberg woman charged under Leandra's Law

Posted 11/7/22

A Taberg woman involved in a one-car crash on Sept. 11 — with four youths in the vehicle who suffered minor injuries — was charged with driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law.

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Taberg woman charged under Leandra's Law

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VERONA — A Taberg woman involved in a one-car crash on Sept. 11 — with four youths in the vehicle who suffered minor injuries — was charged with driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law.

Sheriff's deputies said Cassie J. Pope was westbound on Sand Hill Road when she lost control of the car, and the vehicle collided with a telephone pole. Pope had four juveniles in the vehicle with her, including two who are 14-years-old. All four were transported to Oneida Health for treatment and evaluation of minor injuries.

Pope was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Utica with minor injuries. Deputies said because Pope appeared impaired at the scene, a drug recognition expert with the Sheriff’s Office responded to the hospital to conduct an evaluation as to her impairment, and a blood test was secured.

The blood test confirmed that Pope was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol at the time of the accident, deputies said. Pope was charged on Saturday with two counts of Leandra’s Law aggravated driving while intoxicated due to her being under the influence while having children in the vehicle under the age of 15. Pope was also charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child due to her conduct.

Pope also received several traffic citations regarding the accident including unsafe speed and unsafe tires. Pope was arraigned on the charges and due to Bail Reform laws, was released with no bail, deputies said. She will re-appear in Verona Town Court.

Verona Fire, Vineall Ambulance and the state police assisted.


 

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