Auburn woman faces aggravated DWI charges after allegedly driving drunk, crashing with 5 children in vehicle

2013-04-18T08:03:00Z 2013-04-19T00:26:32Z Auburn woman faces aggravated DWI charges after allegedly driving drunk, crashing with 5 children in vehicleThe Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
April 18, 2013 8:03 am  • 

The Auburn Police Department made a Leandra's Law arrest late Wednesday after a woman accused of being intoxicated and impaired by drugs crashed with five children in the vehicle.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 11:21 p.m. on Wall Street near Spring Street. Authorities say the vehicle driven by Michelle Andujar, 28, of Auburn, crossed the center of the street and crashed into a parked SUV head on. The crash forced the SUV into another car parked behind it, police said. 

After arriving at the scene, police said they found five injured children in the vehicle. Andujar was also injured. Another adult was in the vehicle, Stephanie Chetney of Auburn. Chetney was uninjured in the crash, but she was also intoxicated, police said. 

The five children in the vehicle, ranging in age from 1 to 10 years old, were unrestrained and suffered facial, head and fracture-type injuries, authorities said. None of the injuries were life threatening and they were transported to Auburn Community Hospital for treatment.  

Andujar was charged with five counts of aggravated DWI, one count of DWI, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, three counts of aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and multiple traffic violations. 

Chetney was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of disorderly conduct. 

In addition to their charges, police said Andujar and Chetney were both referred to child protective services.

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  1. coach53
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    coach53 - May 04, 2013 7:55 am
    "draconian drunk driving laws"?? so it would have been ok if she did not have children in the vehicle?? So I guess just like Catholic education our DWI laws should also go Cory D?? So I guess anything goes with you except family values and faith. Anyway this person should not be allowed near children but of course the more she has the more "free money" she gets. As I drive around our once beautiful community I am saddened by what I see. Especially in certain area;s of our city.
  2. Fernando
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    Fernando - April 29, 2013 9:19 pm
    Perfect fit for Jerry Springer show!!!
  3. CoryD
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    CoryD - April 18, 2013 1:41 pm
    why wasn't this charged as 5 counts of attempted murder?

    I really don't care for our draconian drunk driving laws, but in instances like this, it's quite clear that the person in question should never, ever be allowed to see those children again
  4. dcg
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    dcg - April 18, 2013 10:38 am
    Based on the bruising, it looks like the driver cared enough about herself to use her own seatbelt. Sadly, she was too selfish to care at all about those poor children. What beautiful mug shots. Hopefully the children will never be returned to this Darwin Award winner.
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