Woman approaches deputy, gets DWI charge

WETHERSFIELD — A mother from East Aurora faces numerous charges after police say she was driving while highly intoxicated on drugs with a child in the car and then fought with deputies trying to arrest her.

The charges came after an investigation into a complaint deputies received about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 for a person driving erratically on Wethersfield Road.

The caller told police that other cars were being forced off the road. A deputy arrived and saw the car driving down the center of the road and weaving.

The deputy had to swerve to the shoulder of the road to avoid a collision. The car was stopped on Wethersfield Road in Gainesville.

Rachael L. Liptak, 38, “performed poorly” on field sobriety tests and when deputies attempted to place her under arrest, she began fighting.

A 9-year-old girl was in the car at the time.

Liptak was transported to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office where she submitted to a drug influence evaluation conducted by a NYS Certified Drug Recognition Expert. Following the evaluation, it was determined that Liptak was impaired by several different drugs and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.

Liptak was charged with Aggravated DWI with a child passenger less than 16, also known as Leandra’s Law DWI, driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a combination of drugs, failure to keep right, no registration, reckless driving, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child.

Liptak was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in the Wyoming County Court at a later date.

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