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Alleged LI DWI mother pleads not guilty to upgraded charges

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A Huntington Station woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that allege she was driving drunk with her three young children in the car when she crashed into a pole earlier this month and then allegedly attacked a cop while trying to run from the scene, Suffolk County prosecutors said Thursday.

Sarah Knakal, 30, appeared Thursday at the Suffolk County Court in Central Islip and pleaded not guilty to a 14-count indictment that includes charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, leaving the scene of an accident, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment.

The charges stem from a crash that occurred on around 6 p.m. on May 10 along East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, where cops said she crashed into a telephone pole and then struck a street sign.

Authorities said Knakal fled the scene with her three young daughters – ages 5 to 9 – and was apprehended down the block about 10 minutes later. When police officers caught up with her, authorities said Kankal allegedly shoved a cop.

Knakal, prosecutors say, is being held on $30,000 bail with a $90,000 bond alternative. She’s currently being held being bars at the county jail. Attorney information was not listed in online court records.



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