RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island grandmother has been indicted for allegedly driving drunk with her two young grandchildren in the car last month.

Mary Kimbrough, of  Wyandanch, stood with her hands folded in front of her as she faced a judge Thursday in a Riverhead courtroom, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

The 64-year-old had her two grandchildren, ages 9 and 11, in the backseat when she was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Commack on Aug. 24., prosecutors said.

When Kimbrough was pulled over, the officer saw the left front tire of her car was missing and the kids were screaming and trying to call relatives using a cell phone, police said.

Attorney Monte Chandler said Kimbrough, who was convicted of DWI in 2009, is currently in a treatment facility for alcoholism.

“In these kinds of circumstances you have to deal with the illness, you have to deal with the sickness,” Chandler said. “To get at the root of the problem you have to be serious about it.”

Kimbrough has not been allowed to see her grandchildren since the incident.

“She loves her grandchildren very much,” Chandler said. “She would not intentionally harm or upset them.”

Kimbrough faces a felony charge of DWI under Leandra’s Law.

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