Drunk Driver in Downstate Attempts Getaway but Drives into Pond
Traffic Stop in Newburgh
What started out as a relatively routine traffic stop in Downstate New York, quickly turned into an unsuccessful getaway for an alleged drunk driver who ultimately needed to be saved by State Troopers in New York.
According to a press release by the New York State Police, the incident took place on September 15th, when Troopers "observed a 2014 Cadillac traveling north on State Route 9W in the town of Newburgh in violation of numerous vehicle and traffic laws. The trooper initiated a traffic stop."
Drunk Driver Tries Fleeing from Police
A short time after the stop, the driver of the vehicle, Melissa D. Branagan, 38, from the town of Newburgh, tried fleeing from the police and took Troopers on a chase through Newburgh and Marlborough, according to the report.
The Trooper entered the water and was able to remove Branagan through the driver's side window and then successfully swim back to shore with her. She refused medical attention. Further investigation revealed that Branagan was impaired by alcohol. -New York State Police
The pursuit came to an end when "the vehicle drove into a pond on Marchese Drive in the town of Marlborough. Ms. Branagan, the sole occupant of the vehicle was unable to exit as the vehicle began to submerge."
Thankfully for Branagan, the Troopers were able to rescue her from the submerged vehicle and take her back safely to shore "where she refused medical attention" according to police.
State Troopers Issued 50 Tickets
She was charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) felony DWAI drugs, Aggravated Unlicensed Operator, and Fleeing an Officer in a Motor Vehicle 3rd degree.
She was also issued 50 tickets according to officials.
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