A Good Samaritan helped lead to the arrest of a Westchester woman who was spotted falling asleep at the wheel and disregarding stop signs on her way home, police said.
The Scarsdale Police Department issued an alert at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, for an erratic driver who was traveling on Tompkins Road. Police said that they received a call from a third-party, who was following the driver home while on the line with officers. The caller said that the driver was bouncing off the curb and ignoring stop signs.
The caller further stated that the woman “appeared to be passing out at the wheel.” Officers were able to track down the driver - later identified as Honey Nielsen Arauz - to her Cohawney Road home. Officers approached the driver in a detached garage and found that Nielsen Arauz was still in the front seat, with her foot on the brake, completely motionless, with the engine running.
Officers were able to stir Nielsen Arauz by knocking on the glass and ordered her out of her vehicle. Nielsen Arauz was unsteady on her feet, couldn’t keep her balance and her eyes appeared bloodshot and glassy, police said. Officers said that she was unable to ask simple questions and during Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, she needed the instructions repeated to her several times. Nielsen Arauz would later admit that she had just left a bar in White Plains and had several cups of wine before driving home.
Nielsen Arauz, 46, was placed under arrest. She initially refused to submit a breath sample twice before relenting on the third request. The breathalyzer found that Nielsen Arauz had a blood alcohol content nearly triple the legal limit and she was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI with a blood alcohol content greater than .18 percent. Nielsen Arauz was released to her husband and scheduled to appear in Scarsdale Village Court at a later date.
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