Troopers: Schenectady woman drove drunk hit church, home in Esperance

Damage to the United Methodist Church building in Esperance and to a neighboring building as seen Monday
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Damage to the United Methodist Church building in Esperance and to a neighboring building as seen Monday

ESPERANCE – A Schenectady woman drove drunk early Saturday morning and hit both a church and a house with her vehicle, state police said.

The driver was taken to Albany Medical Center by helicopter for treatment and later released, troopers said.

State police identified the driver as Katie L. Gunther, 32, of Schenectady. She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, based on a prior conviction, along with misdemeanor second-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief.

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Gunther is accused of striking the church and home on Main Street in Esperance at around 3 a.m. Saturday, state police said.

The investigation determined she was headed west on Main Street when she drove off the northern shoulder and struck the United Methodist Church and an occupied home, state police said.

Both buildings were heavily damaged, troopers said.

Gunther showed signs of intoxication while being interviewed, state police said. 

She suffered a head injury in the crash and was taken for treatment, troopers said.

She was then released and turned herself in to be processed. She was issued an appearance ticket and released to appear in court later.


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