Long Island Woman Charged with DUI and Child Endangerment after Crash

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.