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Bainbridge Woman Charged with Felony DWI

Broome County Sheriff’s Office

A Bainbridge woman is in the Broome County Jail without bail following her arrest for driving while intoxicated among other charges.

Sheriff’s officials say they received a call from a man who claimed there was an intoxicated driver in his driveway.  The caller did not know the driver and advised dispatch that the vehicle was trying to leave.

When Sheriff’s patrols arrived on scene they discovered that the driver had struck multiple trees, a parked car, and the complainant before fleeing the scene.

Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Stapleton located the vehicle on Upper Front Street and was able to stop it on Route 12a.  Police say the driver, 38-year-old Donnette Russell, was visibly intoxicated and she refused a breath test.  Russell was subsequently arrested by Deputy Stapleton.

A breath test administered at the Sheriff’s headquarters revealed Russell’s BAC to be .30%, which is more than three times the legal limit.

Russell is charged with felony counts of reckless endangerment, aggravated DWI, driving while intoxicated, and criminal mischief.  She is also charged with misdemeanor leaving the scene of a personal injury accident as well as several traffic violations.

Russell was arraigned before the Town of Chenango Court before being remanded to jail.  The complainant was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

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