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Cops: Long Island mom drove kids while drunk

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Sarah Knakal (Suffolk County Police Photo) Sarah Knakal (Suffolk County Police Photo)

Police say a Long Island woman suspected of drunk driving fled with her three young children after crashing into a telephone pole.

Suffolk County police charged 30-year-old Sarah Knakal on Saturday under a 2009 law that made drunk driving with a child in the car a felony. They also charged her with leaving the scene and three counts endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say Knakal took off on foot with her children after crashing into a pole and a sign on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station around 6 p.m., Saturday. They say officers located her and the children about 10 minutes later. The children, ages five, seven and nine, were turned over to a family member and Child Protective Services was notified.

Information on Knakal's lawyer wasn't immediately available. She's scheduled to be arraigned May 11.

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