A Long Island woman has been arrested after she allegedly crashed her car,
which contained her three children, into a telephone pole and then attempted
to flee the scene.
30 year-old Sarah Knakal was allegedly driving under the influence last
Saturday on East Jericho Turnpike in Suffolk County when she collided
with a signpost and a pole at about 6:00 pm. In the car with her at the
time were her three children, ages 5, 7, and 9. After the accident she
allegedly instructed the children to flee the scene with her, but the
group was found by police officers near an East Jericho Turnpike store
about 10 minutes later.
When approached by officers, Knakal allegedly shoved one of them. She was
arrested and charged with aggravated assault and
drunk driving with a minor. Though no one was hurt in the crash, due to the incident
Child Protective Services was notified and the children were taken by
Knakal's husband, who has a separate address.
She was being held on $90,000 bail.