Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca woman has been accused of driving drunk with two children in the backseat.


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Leeann M. Gagnon, 30, of Lake Street, has been charged with the following crimes, the sheriff’s office said on Friday:

— Aggravated Unlicenced Opeartions of a Motor Vehicle – 3rd (Unclassified Misdemeanor).

— Driving While Intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor).

— Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .08% or Greater (Unclassified Misdemeanor).

— Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .18% or Greater.

— Two counts of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated – Child in the Vehicle (E Felony). (This charge is under Leandra’s Law, which makes a DWI with a passenger under the age 16 a felony.)

Here’s the police account of the arrest:

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on May 2 around 11 p.m. on Route 13 near North Triphammer Road in Lansing.

During that stop, they were approached by a driver in a red Chevrolet who seemed intoxicated.

They then discovered that Gagnon, the driver, was intoxicated and had two children in the backseat.

Gagnon was released on an appearance ticket to a third party and ordered to appear at the Town of Lansing on June 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 AM.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.