Patchogue - (WALK) A grandmother accused of driving drunk while her seven year old granddaughter was in the vehicle, is being held on $150,000 bond, according to Suffolk prosecutors.
Wanda Carter, 42, who police say is "undomiciled" was charged with violating New York State's Leandra's Law, a felony, and several other violations, during her arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip Sunday.
Police say Carter was observed driving erratically and changing lanes at a high rate of speed on Sunrise Highway in Patchogue early Saturday. She was pulled over shorlty before 3:30 a.m. by an officer who determined she was driving while intoxicated with a seven year old girl in the vehicle.
Police say Carter initially tried to pass herself off as her own daughter, and could not provide a driver's license. An investigation determined Carter has 28 suspensions on her license and two warrents for her arrest.
Carter is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years old or younger (Leandra's Law, a felony), endangering the welfare of her granddaughter, forgery, criminal impersonation, and aggravated unlicensed operation. She was also held Saturday on a felony warrent, --and ticketed for speeding.
The car Carter was driving, a 2013 Chevrolet, was impounded; she is being held on $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash bail, according to Suffolk police.