In the State of New York, drivers who are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol and injure another person can be charged with vehicular assault. In New York, there are three primary types of vehicular assault. Second-degree, first-degree, and aggravated vehicular assault. While vehicular assault in the second degree is the least serious of the three charges, it is still a felony. It is considered a Class E felony where the maximum sentence is four years in prison. However, the judge does have the discretion to sentence the convicted person to probation. The severity of the sentence will largely depend on the driver’s criminal history and other circumstances of the crash.
NJ.com reports that a New York woman who is accused of critically injuring a Port Authority police officer has been charged with DWI and second-degree vehicular assault.
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27-year-old Amandeep Tiwana was arrested on Tuesday morning in Harrison by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit. She is facing charges of DWI and vehicular assault in the second degree after a blood-alcohol test revealed she was over the legal limit in an April 28th crash in Jersey City.
Tiwana was initially charged with fourth-degree vehicular assault, which is a misdemeanor.
At around 12:30 a.m. on April 28th, Tiwana allegedly was speeding when she struck a median divider on Route 139. She then struck a JCPD radio car that was responding to an earlier incident and lastly struck Port Authority police officer Peter Siano III. She left him with critical injuries.
Tiwana is also facing multiple motor vehicle offenses, including reckless driving, speeding, unsafe lane change, failure to obey traffic restrictions during emergency conditions, disregarding officers directing traffic, and committing a disorderly act during an emergency.