Watertown Woman Arrested for Driving While Impaired by Drugs, Child in Car

January 3, 2013
First reported 6:30 a.m.

WATERTOWN, N.Y.   A woman was arrested Wednesday night when she failed field sobriety tests while a 15-month-old girl was a passenger in a 2004 Dodge Stratus she was driving, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Tiffany R. Girard, 23, of 431-B Jewell Dr., was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs under Leandra's Law, a felony, endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and improper signal. 

She was arraigned before Brownville Town Justice Richard M. Parker and sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building with bail set at $1,500 cash.

Deputies said Ms. Girard was observed at about 9:11 p.m. making an abrupt lane change without signaling on Route 11 in the town of Pamelia just prior to entering the city of Watertown.

Watertown Police Sgt. Joseph C. Reff conducted an evaluation of Ms. Girard at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building and determined she was under the influence of Suboxene, according to a police report.

In New York state, Leandra's Law makes it a felony to have a child younger than 15 in the car if you're driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. 

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