An Albany County woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that the car she was driving slammed head-on into another car in Glenville last year while she was under the influence of drugs.
The February 2013 accident on Freemans Bridge Road left the other driver seriously injured, a prosecutor said.
The woman is also accused of running off the road a month later in Rotterdam, while also under the influence of drugs. In that incident, prosecutors say, no one was hit.
Candace A. Howley, 28, of Albany appeared in Schenectady County Court Tuesday morning and was arraigned on the new indictment.
She faces one count each of aggravated vehicular assault, second-degree assault and two counts of driving while ability impaired by drugs.
The aggravated vehicular assault count carries a possible maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in state prison, if convicted.
Howley pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday morning.
In the first case, Howley is accused of crossing the center line on Freemans Bridge Road, near the Subway restaurant, and slamming into an oncoming vehicle. The accident happened Feb. 3 at about 1:30 p.m., prosecutor Stephanie Hughes said.
She was initially charged with the impaired driving count, as well as traffic citations, Hughes said. The assault counts came as the other driver’s condition was assessed later.
The other driver, Hughes said, suffered serious injuries in the crash, including broken bones. The driver underwent several surgeries.
He remains under treatment and the effects of the crash still bother him, Hughes said.
A month later, on March 2, Howley was driving again under the influence of drugs, Hughes said.
Howley was on West Campbell Road in Rotterdam, near the Rotterdam Square mall, when she ran off the road. She faces a driving while ability impaired by drugs charge in that case. Hughes would not identify the drugs.
Howley was represented in court by attorney Paul DeLorenzo.
Howley appeared before Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago, having previously been released by lower courts on a total of $12,500 bond. With the new charges, Drago increased the amount to $25,000 bond.
Drago also noted that Howley had previously been cited in other cases for failing to appear in court.