Huntington Station Mom Charged with DWI with 3 Kids in Car

Sarah Knakal. Credit: Suffolk County Police Department
Sarah Knakal. Credit: Suffolk County Police Department

A woman drove while intoxicated, crashed into a telephone pole in Huntington Station Saturday with her three children in her car, and then fled with them on foot, authorities said.

Suffolk County Police arrested Sarah Knakal, 30, 22 Cooper Ave. in Huntington Station. She was driving west on E. Jericho Turnpike at approximately 6 p.m. when she struck a telephone pole in front of 967 E. Jericho Turnpike, and then struck a sign.

Knakal left the scene with her three children – ages 5, 7 and 9. Police found Knakal at E. Jericho Turnpike and Cooper Avenue nearly 10 minutes later.  

There were no injuries.

The children were turned over to a family member, and Suffolk County Child Protective Services were notified, police said.

Knakal was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child 15 years old or younger (Leandra’s Law), leaving the scene of an incident and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

She is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Sunday.
BK13 May 12, 2014 at 11:22 AM
...and when the license plate on the bumper indicates it's your car
Glenn May 24, 2014 at 01:42 PM
This is just irresponsible and asinine behavior! Someone who's incapable of being a good parent. When alcohol and getting drunk wins over your child's safety and well being, you have relinquished your rights as a parent and should have your children taken away from you! Too many people think, "Oh, I drink and drive all the time and I never got caught, until that fateful day their world comes crashing in like this woman's did. I'll never understand certain things about human nature, such things as people not having common sense or being so careless as to put innocent children in harms way just to please themselves with the use of alcohol or drugs. Yes, common sense really isn't so common.


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