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A Glen Head woman was arrested Friday night on felony drunken driving charges after State Police said she was intoxicated behind the wheel with two children in the car.

Maria Digioia, 36, of Glen Head, faced a judge Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead after she was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony, and traffic violations for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and driving without headlights.

Police said a state trooper spotted Digioia’s blue Mercedes-Benz driving without headlights at the Nassau Road exit of the Southern State Parkway in Uniondale at 9:45 p.m. on Friday.

While interviewing Digioia during the traffic stop, the trooper “detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage,” a police news release said. She was arrested after reportedly failing sobriety tests at the scene.

Two children, both under 16 years old, were in the car at the time, police said. Officials did not disclose Digioia's relationship to the children -- reported as being a 2-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl -- but said they were later released to a family member.

Digioia was released without bail after the Saturday court appearance and is due back in court on Jan. 10.

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