LIVONIA - A Monroe County resident is facing numerous felony and impaired-driving charges following a motor-vehicle crash in which four people were injured, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
The Aug. 14 arrest and charges stem from an April 30 crash on East Lake Road near Cleary Road in which at least one person was ejected from the vehicle.
The on-scene investigation revealed that a vehicle being operated by Brianna S. Wardell, 23, of Rochester was traveling southbound on East Lake Road about 7:45 p.m. at a high rate of speed. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a mailbox and three parked cars before coming to a rest, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Wardell and three passengers were all transported to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, for treatment of injuries.
Deputies, who responded along with emergency personnel, did confirm that one passenger was ejected from the vehicle and sustained life-threatening injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The other injuries were considered non-life threatening, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigating deputies suspect that Wardell was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Deputy Matt Thomas, who is assigned to the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit and a certified drug recognition expert, responded to Strong Hospital to conduct a DWAI investigation. Wardell did submit to a blood sample to test for a blood alcohol content and drugs, the Sheriff’s Office said.
It was also discovered during the investigation that Wardell was in possession of a white powdery substance that was suspected to be cocaine. The blood sample and suspected cocaine were sent to a forensic lab for testing.
The lab results showed that the white powder was cocaine. The results also revealed the Wardell had a 0.11 percent BAC and also had THC and amphetamines in her system at the time of the crash, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A person is considered legally drunk in New York with a 0.08 percent or more BAC.
Wardell was arrested Aug. 14 and charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a Class D felony; second-degree vehicular assault, a Class E felony; second-degree assault, a Class D felony; driving while intoxicated with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent; driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and violations of state Vehicle and Traffic Law.
The charge of second-degree vehicular assault may be filed in a case where the operator of a vehicle, snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, causes serious physical injury to another person and was legally intoxicated or driving while ability impaired, according to state penal law.
Wardell was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of West Sparta Justice Sue Mahany, who released Wardell on her own recognizance. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office had requested bail of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond due to the felony-level offenses.