Madrid Town Justice who was charged with DWI is charged again for second time in 24 hours
Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Corrected at 3:14 p.m. An early version of this story said Tendler was charged with three felonies. In fact she was charged with three felony counts. North Country Now apologizes for the error.

OGDENSBURG -- A Madrid town justice who was charged with three felony counts Wednesday was ticketed for aggravated unlicensed operation in Ogdensburg, less than 24 hours later.

Anya A. Tendler, 43, was charged at 6 p.m. Wednesday 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.

At 8:17 a.m. Thursday Ogdensburg city police charged Tendler with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The charges followed reports of a possible drunk driver in the area. City police say the incident remains under investigation.

The Ogdensburg incident occurred less than 24 hours after state police say they responded to a hit-and-run property-damage accident on U.S. 11 in Canton, in which troopers charged Tendler.

Troopers say 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.