2 Niagara County women accused of driving impaired with a child in 24 hours

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just after 6 p.m. on Monday, New York State Police stopped a woman on Witmer Rd. in the Town of Niagara for an alleged equipment violation.

When Troopers questioned her about the equipment, they say she showed signs of impairment. After investigation, Brenda Myles, 51, admitted to drinking beer before driving the vehicle.

The Lewiston resident was not allowed to drive due to a previous DWI conviction, but Troopers say she was on the road anyway. In addition to this, State Police say they found a 12-year-old child in the vehicle with her.

Myles was charged with DWAI, endangering the welfare of a minor and felony aggravated unlicensed operation.

This was not the last case of alleged impaired driving with a child that State Police saw through the next 24 hours. Troopers stopped another vehicle in Niagara County the next day.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Youngstown resident Jessica Owens, 35, was stopped on the newly renamed Niagara Scenic Parkway in Lewiston. Troopers took note of her alleged “slurred speech and other signs of impairment” during the stop and began to search her for drugs or alcohol.

During the search, Troopers say they discovered alprazolam and oxycodone in Owen’s possession. Also with her in the car were two children, State Police say.

Owen was charged with driving while impaired by drugs, criminal substance possession and violating Leandra’s Law — a felony.

Both women arrested will appear in court at later dates.

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