October 21, 2020
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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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OC protest organizer who drove car into crowd is charged

The organizer of a Yorba Linda rally against police brutality and racism was charged with attempted murder Tuesday for driving her car into counterprotesters and running over a woman’s head.

Orange County prosecutors allege that Tatiana Turner deliberately drove into a crowd of Trump supporters with the intent to kill the woman and also seriously injured a man, who suffered a broken leg.

“She positioned her vehicle to be used as a backup weapon, and she used that vehicle as a deadly weapon, willing to injure and kill those who stood in her way,” Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer said in a statement.

A defense lawyer said Turner tried unsuccessfully to get help from deputies Saturday after her group was overwhelmed by a hostile crowd.

Turner saw people with guns and feared for her life when she got into her car, which was then blocked by Trump supporters, attorney Ludlow Creary

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