Madrid Judge Accused Of DWI Following Hit-And-Run

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A town judge in Madrid faces felony drunk driving charges after allegedly leading state police on a mile-long chase between Canton and Potsdam with her triplets in the vehicle.

State police say Madrid Town Justice Anya Mironova Tendler allegedly rear-ended a pickup truck on Route 11 in Canton around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The truck was driven by 47 year old Thomas Donals of Canton. No one was injured.

Police say the 43 year old Tendler drove away from the scene. They located her vehicle, which had front-end damage, in Potsdam a short time later and tried to pull her over.

The nearly mile-long pursuit ended when Tendler pulled over after experiencing problems with the car's tire. She was taken into custody without further incident.

Tendler, whose 5 year old triplets were in the car, refused to take a breathalyzer test and will face a Department of Motor Vehicle hearing August 13.

She was charged with three felony counts of aggravated DWI, unlawfully fleeing police, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, moving from a lane unsafely, driving an unregistered motor vehicle, and consuming an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Assistant Public Defender Steve Ballan represented Tendler at the arraignment and waived a preliminary hearing, which sends the case to a grand jury or county court.

Tendler was first elected Madrid town justice in 2012.

Tendler is a graduate of New York Law School and was licensed to practice law in New York state in 2009.

Tendler was arraigned before Judge Robert Camp in Pierrepont town court and released under probation supervision.

Prosecutors had recommended Tendler be held on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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