January 23, 2021
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Cops: Woman drove drunk with 3 daughters in car before crashing through Brentwood house

Surveillance footage shows the frightening moments when an out-of-control SUV careens off a side street, across a front lawn and, police said, “through a house” in Brentwood Sunday evening, coming to rest on the lawn of a neighboring home.

The driver, a 34-year-old Bay Shore woman, was arrested and charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law — after Suffolk County Police said a responding officer discovered her three young daughters, aged 4, 5 and 8, in the crashed vehicle.

Ashley Thomas-Smith was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Suffolk County Police said. She faces arraignment Monday in First District Court in Central Islip. Thomas-Smith was treated for what police described as “non-life-threatening injuries” after the crash on Blue Jay Drive at 6:40 p.m. Police said the girls were taken with their mother to Southside Hospital

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Suffolk patrol car rear-ended by drunk driver in Brentwood, police say

While filling out paperwork after a drunk driver crashed in Brentwood early Saturday morning, a second drunk driver rear-ended the Suffolk police officer’s patrol car, causing him non-life threatening injuries, Suffolk police said.

The collisions, which occurred shortly after midnight on Suffolk Avenue, resulted in the two drivers — the first a man and the second a woman — being charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Police did not identify the drivers.

The injured officer, who was also not named, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, police said.

The officer was working with a colleague, who both responded to the first collision, police said.

No further information was released.

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