Woman charged with Leandra’s Law after fleeing police with children in car

CHAZY — State police charged Sheena M. Kimbler, 26, of Champlain with Leandra’s Law — aggravated driving while ability impaired by drugs with a passenger younger than 15 in the vehicle – after police said she led them on a chase with two children in the vehicle.

After the vehicle Kimbler was a passenger in pulled into the state police Troop B station parking lot in Chazy, blowing its horn, troopers responded and learned that the driver, a 37-year-old man from Peru, was in a domestic dispute with Kimbler, who police said had taken several pills during the drive, with two children ages 2 and 4 in the vehicle.

As the driver was being interviewed, police said Kimbler locked herself in the car with the children and drove north on state Route 9 with troopers in pursuit. The pursuit lasted approximately 8 miles with a top speed of 70 miles per hour. After coming to a stop on state Route 11 in Champlain, police said Kimbler refused to exit the vehicle and troopers eventually broke the driver side window to remove her. She was transported to Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital in Plattsburgh due to her consumption of several pills.

She was also charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, second-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree unlawfully fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana, second-degree harassment and several vehicle and traffic violations.

The children were not injured.

Kimbler was arraigned in the Chazy town court and remanded to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, or $20,000 bond. She is to reappear in the town of Chazy court Tuesday.

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