Police: Woman was drunk while transporting mentally handicapped passengers

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WARRENSBURG, NY (NEWS10) – A New York woman was drunk while transporting two mentally-handicapped patients, police in northeastern New York say.

The crash happened when the driver, 24-year-old Brianna Norton of Queensbury, was going southbound on Main Street on Warrensburg and swerved into ongoing traffic. She hit a vehicle going northbound head-on.

The driver who was struck, 67-year-old Kurt Locke, was not injured.

Norton then continued south on Main Street and hit a third unoccupied vehicle, which was parked in the parking lot of a Main Street business. Norton’s vehicle was wedged between that pickup and a concrete pole when police arrived.

A police investigation revealed that Norton was intoxicated at the time of the crashes. Norton was taken to Glens Falls Hospital due to her apparent high level of intoxication.

She did not claim or appear to have any injuries from the crashes.

Norton was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Keep Right, and having an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. Norton was also charged with two felony counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Mentally Incompetent Person after police learned at the time of the crash, Norton was transporting two mentally handicapped individuals, a 20 and 26-year-old male, as part of her job.

Norton was issued an appearance ticket to appear before the Warrensburg Town Court at a later date.

There were no injuries to anyone involved in the crashes. More charges against Norton are pending the result of the blood test.

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