Rome Woman Arrested for Felony DWI with Child Passenger

Rome Woman Arrested for Felony DWI with Child Passenger

Rome woman Michelle Malone arrested for felony DWI with child passenger after vehicle crash. Learn about the charges and incident details here.


A Rome woman, identified as Michelle Malone, was arrested for felony driving while intoxicated (DWI) after crashing her vehicle with a 12-year-old child passenger.

The incident occurred on Sunday, May 19, around 5:15 p.m. Deputies from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a property damage motor vehicle accident on Gifford Road in the Town of Vernon.

Upon arrival, deputies found that Malone, 32, had backed her vehicle into a field, damaging it. 

The 12-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time of the accident. 

After investigating, authorities determined that Malone was intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of .26, over three times the legal limit.

Malone was taken into custody and charged with several offenses, including:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving with a BAC of 0.08 or higher
  • Aggravated driving while intoxicated with a BAC of 0.18 or higher
  • Felony aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra’s Law (child under 15 in the vehicle)
  • Endangering the welfare of a child (Class A misdemeanor)
  • Four traffic violations

She was processed at the Kurt B. Wyman Law Enforcement Building and released after centralized arraignment. 

An order of protection was issued for the 12-year-old child, and Child Protective Services were notified. 

The child was handed over to a sober relative. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

This incident highlights the serious consequences of driving under the influence, especially with a child in the vehicle. 

Authorities urge the public to be mindful of the dangers and legal repercussions associated with impaired driving.


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