Madrid judge charged with DWI while triplets in car after alleged hit-and-run, chase
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 11:45 am

CANTON -- A Madrid town justice was charged with three felony counts of Leandra’s Law, aggravated driving while intoxicated, after a hit-and-run accident on U.S. Highway 11 Wednesday evening, according to state police.

Anya A. Tendler, 43, was charged with three counts of aggravated DWI with a child passenger under 16 years of age, unlawfully fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, moving from lane unsafely, unregistered motor vehicle and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, troopers said.

Tendler is Madrid Town Justice.

At approximately 6 p.m. state police say they responded to a hit-and-run property-damage accident on U.S. 11 in Canton.

A 2000 BMW reportedly struck the back end of a 1995 Chrysler New Yorker operated by 47-year-old Thomas F. Donals of Canton, while both vehicles were traveling eastbound.

Police said Donals was not injured. However, the BMW did not stop after the crash, continuing on traveling eastbound on State Route 11 toward Potsdam, officers said.

Troopers located the suspected vehicle a short while later on U.S. 11 in Potsdam with front-end damage. Troopers reportedly initiated a traffic stop, however, the vehicle failed to pull over immediately.

After driving a short distance, the vehicle stopped and the Tendler was taken into custody, police said.

The driver's 5-year-old triplets were passengers in the vehicle. They were not injured and were turned over to a family member.

Tendler refused testing to determine her blood alcohol content.

She was arraigned at the Pierrepont Town Court and released under the supervision of probation to reappear on Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.