One car MVA investigation leads to Leandra's Law DWI arrest.

According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on September 11, 2022, a Saturn sedan was being operated by Cassie J. Pope of Taberg, traveling west on Sand Hill Road in the Town of Verona, when Pope lost control of the car and collided with a telephone pole. Pope had 4 juveniles in the vehicle with her, including two 14 year old children. All four juveniles were transported to Oneida City Hospital with minor injuries.

Pope was transported to St. Elizabeth’s hospital with minor injuries. Due to Pope appearing impaired on scene, a Drug Recognition Expert with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office responded to the hospital to conduct an evaluation as to Pope’s impairment. A blood test was secured from Pope. The blood test confirmed that Pope was under the influence of Cannabis and alcohol at the time of the accident. Pope was charged on November 05, 2022, with two counts of Leandra’s Law Aggravated DWI due to her being under the influence of Cannabis and alcohol while having children in the vehicle under the age of 15. Pope was also charged with 4 counts of endangering the welfare of a child due to her conduct within the juveniles presence.

Pope also received several traffic citations regarding the accident including unsafe speed and unsafe tires. Pope was arraigned on the charges and due to bail reform laws was released with no bail. Pope is scheduled to appear in the Verona Town Court at a later date.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted on scene by Verona Fire, Vineall Ambulance, and the New York State Police.