Police: Woman, DUI, crashed into pole with child in car

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say a Conewago Township woman crashed into a utility pole with her child in the car.
  • Adriana Winders, 24, allegedly swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road, police said.
  • She remains free after posting $2,500 bail.

A Conewago Township woman is accused of crashing her car into a utility pole while driving under the influence with her 6-year-old in the car, according to police.

Northern York County Regional Police say Adriana Nichole Winders swerved her vehicle to avoid hitting a dead animal and struck a utility pole in the process.


Winders, 24, of 3520 Bull Road, is charged with endangering child welfare, DUI, careless driving and disregarding traffic, charging documents state.

Allegations: According to police, Winders was seen crashing her silver Volkswagen GTI into a utility pole in the 1000 block of East Canal Road in Dover Township  about 5:10 p.m. Sunday.

The person who reported the incident said she saw a young girl, later identified as Winders' daughter, in the car during the crash, court records state. Police say the caller didn't think that Winders should be driving.

Police arrived on the scene and found Winders and her daughter uninjured, and they denied EMS, according to charging documents. Winders had just driven back from her stepmother's home, according to court documents.

Winders said she swerved to avoid an animal in the road, which caused her to hit a utility pole, police said. While speaking with police her voice was slurred, and some of her sentences didn't make sense, documents state. Additionally, police say she was "unsteady on her feet."

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However, when asked if she had anything to drink or had any illegal drugs, she denied drinking or taking any illegal drugs, police said. Winders told police that she takes some medication, according to court documents.

Police say at the scene of the crash there were no signs of skid marks on the road just before the crash and that there was a dead animal 20 feet away from the pole that she struck.

Winders was then asked to perform a field sobriety test, which police say she failed.

She was then taken into custody and placed into the back of a police vehicle.

"Immediately upon being placed in my patrol vehicle, A. Winders was passing out," Officer Patrick McBreen wrote in charging documents.

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Winders was taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood draw, police said. The entire time she was in the police car, she was passed out, according to court documents.

While at the hospital, police say a slight odor of alcohol was coming from Winders' breath.

Her blood draw results are pending.

Winders remains free after posting $2,500 bail, according to online court records. A phone number could not be found for her, and it is not clear if she has an attorney.

Winders' preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 23 at District Judge David Eshbach's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.