ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman pled guilty Thursday afternoon to driving drunk with two children in the vehicle in May.

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Leeann Gagnon, 30, is convicted of felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child after she drove with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent.

The incident happened May 2 on Route 13 near North Triphammer Road in Lansing.

Gagnon said she’d been drinking with a friend who became too intoxicated to drive that night.

“To my knowledge, I thought I was okay,” she said.

Gagnon said she loaded the kids into the vehicle and, a short time later, pulled over because she had a headache. A sheriff’s deputy approached the vehicle and noticed that Gagnon was intoxicated, police said.

She was originally charged with the following:

— Misdemeanor third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle

— Driving while intoxicated (Unclassified Misdemeanor)

— Driving while intoxicated with a BAC of .08 percent or greater (Unclassified Misdemeanor)

— Aggravated driving while intoxicated with a BAC of .18 percent 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.)

Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama said that as part of the plea deal, she’d recommend a sentence of five years of probation, a $1,000 fine and the revocation of Gagnon’s driver’s license, among several other requirements.

Judge Joseph Cassidy said in court that Gagnon has never been arrested or convicted of a crime in the past and has completed in-patient treatment.

“What it looks like to me is that Ms. Gagnon has taken this seriously,” he said.

Gagnon is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 24.

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