Cops: NY Mom Charged With DWI After Crash With Kids In Car

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CBS 2) — An Orange County mother, driving with her four children in her van, crashed into a tree Tuesday night. Now, police say she was not only intoxicated, but she was way beyond the legal limit.

Instead of being at their home in Newburgh, the four young children are now in the care of grandparents. Their mother, 20-year-old Michele Reyes, was arrested, charged with driving drunk with her kids in the car.

“She put them in harm’s way, in one of the most horrendous ways I’ve ever seen,” Lieutenant Thomas Maslanka, of the Warwick Police Department, said.

Reyes was with her children, ages 6, 5, 4, and 18 months, at the time of the crash. It happened Tuesday night on Lakes Road in Greenwood Lake when Reyes’ van swerved off the road, through a front yard, and slammed into a tree.

The minivan sustained significant front end damage, and the driver’s side airbag deployed. Police say Reyes was quite drunk.

“She indicated at the scene that she’d drunk a pint of vodka prior to driving,” Lt. Maslanka said. “Her blood alcohol content, when we got her back to the station, was .27.”

That’s three times the legal limit, and all while four children were in the car.

Dietmar Schultz lives near the scene of the accident.

“One of the girls, she got hurt because she was in the front seat without a seatbelt on,” Schultz said.

Police also say one child was in an unapproved safety seat, while the other three were in no safety seats at all.

Reyes was charged with not one count of driving while intoxicated but four counts – one for each child in the van.

Police say the injuries to the children were mostly bumps and bruises. Reyes was held on $25,000 bond.

  • Anonymous

    She’s 30, not 20.
    She’s white, not hispanic, (married name).
    The only people who r reading this are her family who are absolutely distraught over this. Obviously she is in need of serious help and thank god the kids are ok. But why trash her online when the article speaks for itself. Have a little consideration for the kids and for this girl’s parents. You have no idea how this is all affecting them.

  • aga

    who cares how old she is

  • Oscar

    She’s 30, get your facts straight.

  • debee

    she is really really really stupid, and extremely lucky her 4 kids were not seriously hurt or anyone else. punishment is something she needs

  • WC

    As a follow up to my previous post – the age is wrong in the article.

  • WC

    Idiots, she is 30 not 20. Also, she is hispanic by marriage not heritage. Leave the racism out of this. I am sure you trash don’t have much room to talk.

    What she did is terrible and she should be punished. However, it is not a reflection of ethnicity or age. Just stupidity.

    • Jackie

      Name calling not necessary. Do you know her or something?Just wondering how you know that the video is wrong and not the article? Although it seems more plausible that she is 30…and that’s at least my hope cause that would be *somewhat* better.

  • CDS

    A 20-year-old with FOUR KIDS, one age 6? She was 14 when she had her first child?! OMG, that’s disgusting – what a mess this broad is.

  • Kim Jong Il

    So the welfare cheat had kids when she was aged 14, 15, 16 and 18. Someone needs to sterilize this piece of work.

    • Jackie

      While I don’t care much for your name, I was thinking the EXACT same thing with reference to sterilization.

  • Avi Gold

    Hispanics are the worst drivers. They caused over 90% of the auto accidents in NYC and in the USA.

    • Truedat

      I would say 95%. Most of them don’t have the brain power to walk and chew gum, let alone drive.

  • Swordfish

    MILF (Mother I’d Like to Flog)

  • Hi, Mom of the Year

    Dear Michelle,

    Will you (BELCH!) marry me?


    Danny Schuler

  • Carolae

    This woman needs help. She should NOT get the kids back until then. Am sure the grandmother, if she doesn’t work, will not mind watch the grandkids. If there is a problem, let Child Services come in and take over. If anything had happened, she would never be able to forgive herself over the loss of her children. Right now, the only person she is interested in is herself and how she feels when she is drinking

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