WHEATFIELD – A Lewiston woman whose blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when she was stopped faces felony charges after Niagara County sheriff’s deputies found her young son in the vehicle shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 3100 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard.
Madeline S. Saunders, 29, of Ninth Street was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while intoxicated, and endangering the welfare of a child.
Deputies said they found a number of empty miniature bottles of rum and two zip lock baggies, one containing strips of prescription Suboxone, a controlled narcotic painkiller.
Deputies said Saunders said she had pulled over to use her cell phone and admitted to drinking beer at a friend’s house. Her blood alcohol level was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, deputies said.
Saunders’ young son was secured in a rear seat, deputies said.