Update: Judge Jailed After 2nd Arrest In Less Than A Day

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Madrid town judge Anya Tendler was arrested by state police late Thursday afternoon and taken to St. Lawrence County jail, 7 News reporter John Friot reports.

State police arrested Tendler after St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome Richards issued a warrant for her arrest.

Tendler's arrest capped a bizarre night and day that began when she was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated involving a hit-and-run accident in Canton Wednesday night.

Then, Thursday morning, Ogdensburg city police charged Tendler, 43, with aggravated unlicensed operation while state police charged her with endangering the welfare of a child.

Judge Richards issued the warrant for her arrest based on Thursday morning's incident, because she allegedly purchased alcohol and was driving.

7 News reporter John Moore, reporting from Ogdensburg, was told a St.Lawrence County probation officer saw Tendler buying liquor at 8 a.m. Knowing about last night's incident, the officer notified police.

They found Tendler parked in her husband's car at Morissette Park, by the docks, with her triplets once again in the vehicle. Police said she had not been drinking.

Tendler surrendered her driver's license Wednesday night during arraignment in Pierrepont town court after being charged with driving drunk with her 5 year old triplets in the car. Police said she claimed Thursday that she still had a valid driver's license.

Tendler allegedly hit a vehicle with her 2000 BMW and left the scene on Route 11 in Canton. She eluded police for about a mile before a tire fell off the vehicle's rim and she was forced to stop.

She refused to take a breathalyzer Wednesday night.

We left a message with Anya Tendler, seeking comment. The triplets are with Tendler's husband, their father, Friot reports.

Tendler will appear in court Friday morning.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain is expected to seek a special prosecutor in the case.

Tendler won't be hearing cases as a judge for the time being; Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti signed an order Thursday afternoon directing that her cases be assigned to another judge, and that no new cases be assigned to her.
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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