This woman obviously has an alcohol problem. Being married to ultra-moonbat Maurice Hinchey probably has that effect.
The wife of retiring U.S. Rep. Maurice Hincheywas text-messaging and at nearly twice the legal limit for driving drunk when she rear-ended a car Wednesday night on Lark Street, according to a police report.
“I was texting,” Allison Lee-Hinchey, 49, of Hurley told a police officer as he questioned her about the 9:12 p.m. crash, according to the report filed in City Court. Asked if she had been drinking alcohol, she allegedly said, “I had a glass of wine” at a work function. She told the officer she was headed home.
She is the principal lobbyist of Albany-based DKC Government Affairs — an offshoot of Dan Klores Communications — and was in the Capitol Wednesday.
Lee-Hinchey was arrested at 9:43 p.m. after the fender-bender at the intersection of Lark and Lancaster streets, Officer James Miller, a police spokesman, said Thursday.
One hour and 12 minutes after the crash, Hinchey registered a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent — nearly twice the threshold of the state’s .08 percent limit for driving while intoxicated, police said.
She had been driving alone in a 2010 BMW when she hit a 2002 Nissan driven by a 34-year-old Albany woman, the report said. Neither driver was injured.
The report said Lee-Hinchey allegedly displayed an odor of alcohol, glassy eyes and unsteadiness on her feet. She failed four field sobriety tests, police said.
Her arrest came just hours before Thursday’s announcement by her husband that he will not seek another term in Congress.
It is the latest in a string of driving issues for Lee-Hinchey — including a conviction for driving while impaired by alcohol May 17 in Hurley. Her license had just been suspended for that episode on Monday.
She was charged with misdemeanor counts of DWI; driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; following too close; and driving while talking on a cellphone. She was given a desk appearance ticket on Wednesday night and appeared in City Court on Thursday.
Among previous traffic stops, she has four tickets for driving while talking on a cellphone, three incidents of ignoring traffic devices and two tickets for driving without a seatbelt, a state Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman said.
In addition to the two alcohol-related arrests, she has six points on her license, the spokesman said.
A nice stint in jail is in order.