Police: Drunken woman flees scene after crashing into fire hydrant with children in car

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local woman faces serious charges of drinking and driving under the Leandra’s Law after officers responded to the scene of a car crash on Tuesday night.

Police say they responded to East Fifth Street and Washington Avenue just before 9:30 to investigate the crash, but learned the driver fled the scene. Working on a tip, officers located the driver and the car that had been involved in the crash.

When they finally pulled up to Shaunquailia Maxwell’s car, police say they saw her running to a nearby home, but had left two children inside the car.

Eventually, police arrested Maxwell, charging her with aggravated driving while intoxicated with children under the age of 16 in the car, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and refusal to take a breath test.


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