CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A couple is accused of pulling a switch behind the wheel after a collision in Clarence and now both are on a collision course with the law.
On the surface, it didn't look all that serious. But the husband and wife inside the car that did the rear-ending in a crash on Transit Road are facing felony charges.
Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Sean Simet said, "Looks like one vehicle rear-ended the other vehicle. No injuries, at that time, reported whatsoever."
According to the Erie County Sheriff's Office, both Leiland and Larue Jonathan were intoxicated, when their car struck the other one on Transit Road in Clarence Monday night. Leiland was driving. But before Sheriff's deputies arrived, witnesses claimed, the Jonathans swapped seats.
"Upon interviewing both folks, there was admission between the husband and wife that they did switch drivers, after the accident," Capt. Simet told News 4.
Complicating matters further, three of the Jonathans' children -- ages five, seven, and eleven -- were in the backseat. Leiland and Larue Jonathan were booked for DW-, and three violations each of Leandra's Law.
Clarence Town Justice Michael Powers set bail at $500 cash, $1,000 bond for both the husband and wife. Because they are lifelong residents of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, with strong ties to the local area, Judge Powers was willing to give them relatively low bail.
Leiland would've been charged with a felony anyway, because of a previous DWI conviction in 2003. But Larue probably would not have been arrested at all, if she hadn't gotten into the driver's seat.
"In New York State, once you're behind the wheel, you have the keys to the vehicle. You're showing intent to operate the vehicle. If you're intoxicated at that time, that's grounds for an arrest for driving while intoxicated," explained Capt. Simet.
Leiland and Larue Jonathan have felony hearings in Clarence Town Court on January 3. Neither they nor their attorneys wanted to comment Tuesday night. We're told their children are being cared for by family members.
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