CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Cheektowaga woman now admits she was so intoxicated when arrested for DWI by drugs that she didn't remember her 7-year-old child was in her vehicle.
Jessica Netherland, 37, had just dropped off one of her two children at school when she rear-ended another vehicle on George Urban Boulevard in Cheektowaga in January 2012. Police on the scene asked Netherland about the identity of the 7-year-old child in her car, to which Netherland responded, "What kid in the car?"
Netherland failed field sobriety tests and a blood test showed that she was under the influence of at least four drugs, including painkillers and tranquilizers.
Netherland pleaded guilty to aggravated DWI by drugs under Leandra's Law. She has prior convictions of second degree attempted burglary in 1998 and fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property in 1999 and 2001.
When she is sentenced in July, she faces a maximum sentence of one-and-a-third- to four-years behind bars.
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