A suspected drunken driver faces felony and other charges stemming from an early morning crash today that injured two young children in Butler, city police said.
One of the children, a 6-year-old boy, was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital with serious head and stomach injuries, according to court documents. A 4-year-old boy was treated at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Tracey A. Neibauer, 32, of New Castle was tending to the children for a friend just after midnight when she lost control of her car and slammed head-on into a utility pole at Center and Boyd avenues, police said.
Officers got there and found the badly wrecked car. Neibauer, who was out of the vehicle and seated on the ground, admitted she had been drinking rum, documents said.
Both children were in the back seat. A Butler Ambulance Service paramedic was treating the older boy’s injured head.
The boys were taken to Butler Memorial. The 6-year-old was later taken to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Police believe the 6-year-old was not wearing a seat belt.
Neibauer was arraigned on a charge of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, a felony.
Additionally, she is charged with DUI, child endangerment, careless driving and not properly restraining a child in a vehicle.
She is in the Butler County Prison on $50,000 bail.