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QUEENSBURY — A Vermont woman was jailed Wednesday after she allegedly sped 100 mph on the Northway, hitting at least one car and fleeing, with two young children in her vehicle, police said.

Amber M. Pelerin, 28, of Fair Haven, was arrested Wednesday morning after police received reports of a speeding vehicle that fled a crash near Exit 18, authorities said. No injuries were reported, but police reported she forced numerous vehicles out of their lane and nearly off the road as she sped north.

The car was located as it exited the highway at Exit 20, and Pelerin was found to have children ages 4 months and 7 years with her as well as a glass pipe with cocaine residue on it, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities also took a blood sample to see whether she was under the influence of drugs when driving.

She was charged with felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a controlled substance and was also issued numerous traffic tickets, police said. Pelerin was arraigned and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of bail.

State Police assisted, and Warren County Child Protective Services located a relative to take custody of the children.

Pelerin has a prior federal felony conviction for conspiracy to distribute heroin in the Rutland, Vermont area, a 2015 conviction for which she was initially put on probation and directed to participate in a drug court program, court records show.

Records show she violated probation when testing positive for heroin use in December 2015, and was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison. She was released in September 2016 but it was unclear Wednesday whether she remained on probation.


Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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