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Woman charged with DWI after being in court drunk with child

Woman charged with DWI after being in court drunk with child

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FORT EDWARD — A Hudson Falls woman was arrested on a felony charge Monday afternoon after she allegedly drove her child to a court appearance while drunk, police said.

Ashleigh E. Wood, 38, was arrested after a Washington County probation officer suspected she may have been under the influence of alcohol at a Washington County Family Court proceeding around 2 p.m., authorities said.

She was in court with a child younger than the age of 16 who was facing a hearing before Judge Adam Michelini because of disciplinary problems, according to police.

That’s when a probation officer who was in court for the hearing concluded she may have been drinking, and administered an AlcoSensor test that found she had alcohol on her breath.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was called, and Deputy C.J. Davidsen found Wood to have a blood alcohol content of 0.24 percent, police said. That is triple the 0.08 percent threshold for intoxication.

Sheriff’s Capt. Tony LeClaire said she acknowledged that she had been drinking before the court appearance.

“She admitted she had a glass of wine before she went to court,” LeClaire said.

Wood was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated for allegedly driving drunk with a child in her vehicle, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, according to police.

She was arraigned in Centralized Arraignment Part Court and released, pending a hearing Tuesday in Fort Edward Town Court.

The child was turned over to another relative who was in court.

Don Lehman covers police and court matters, Warren County government and the outdoors. He can be reached at 518-742-3224 or dlehman@poststar.com

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Don Lehman covers crime, Warren County government and the outdoors for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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