Woman charged in alleged DWI crash with child passenger - New York News

Woman charged in alleged DWI crash with child passenger

Posted: Updated:

On Christmas Day, many parents were watching their kids open presents but police say 37-year-old Jessica Hernandez decided to take her 2-year-old son out for an intoxicated afternoon drive.

According to new information from the affidavit, Austin Police say after Hernandez hit a utility pole on FM 973 snapping it in half and starting a small grass fire, she tried to take off again in her gray SUV.

A Marine saw the whole thing, kept her there and told her to get out of the vehicle. He helped the 2-year-old boy get out too.

When police arrived, Hernandez was so intoxicated she couldn't answer simple questions like "Where do you work?"

When officers asked her how old her son is, she said "100 and a half."

Police say Hernandez failed her field sobriety tests.

Before the dramatic ending at the utility pole, Hernandez had already been the subject of many concerned 911 calls that day for her erratic driving.

"I guess it has something to do with the degree of intoxication. The woman was so impaired, they couldn't complete the tests because she was really unable to stand unassisted," said Sgt. Gary Christenberry with Austin Police.

And like many DWI suspects, Hernandez told officers she only had two drinks.

Detective Richard Mabe with the Austin Police Department spent a decade in the DWI Unit so he's heard that "2 drink" thing plenty of times.

"I think it's a simple answer that people forget and I don't think that it's necessarily a wrong answer. They've had the first drink and the last drink...it's the ones in the middle that they kind of get fuzzy about," Mabe said.

Fortunately the woman's son wasn't hurt. Mabe says at that age, he very easily could have been.

"The adult made the decision and put that child in danger and that's what makes this crime severe is that you're endangering not only your life...knowingly your life...but the life of a child that had no choice in the matter," Mabe said.

Police say Ms. Hernandez is charged with DWI with a child passenger -- that's a state jail felony -- anywhere from 6 months to 2 years in jail with a $10,000 fine if she's found guilty.

Police encourage drivers during this holiday season to find a designated driver and don't wait until 2 in the morning to do it.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Search for woman who tried to snatch baby in stroller

    NYPD: Woman tried to snatch baby in stroller

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:45 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:45:16 GMT
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices