An Islip Terrace woman was arrested for drugged driving after she was involved in a crash while an 8-year-old boy was a passenger on Wednesday morning, New York State Police said.

Margaret Dopfel was driving westbound on the Southern State Parkway when she rear-ended another vehicle near exit 36 in Lindenhurst shortly before 9 a.m., police said.

Troopers found the 46-year-old woman to be impaired by drugs after she submitted to a chemical test of her blood, police said.

Dopfel was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated with a child under 16 in the vehicle, a felony under Leandra’s Law.

The child was released to a family member.

Dopfel will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.


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