LOCKPORT - A woman faces 44 charges after injuring four people in a Niagara Falls crash and ramming a police car in a chase 10 weeks later.
Diana M. Flinn is accused of vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, traffic infractions, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property.
These are Flinn's seventh and eighth DWI arrests, and she hasn't had a driver's license since August 2003, acting Niagara County District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said.
"I think she's dangerous," Brenner said in asking for $100,000 bail. Assistant Public Defender Alan J. Roscetti didn't make a counterargument.
Flinn, who listed addresses on 10th Street in Niagara Falls and Mount Hope Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, is accused of stealing cars that were left running on LaSalle Avenue in Niagara Falls.
About 7:40 p.m. April 23, Flinn allegedly ran a red light at Hyde Park Boulevard and LaSalle Avenue in the Falls and T-boned another vehicle. After impact, both cars struck another vehicle. A total of four people were injured in the other two autos, while Flinn had glass shards removed from her forehead, Brenner told Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.
After the crash, a blood test showed Flinn had a blood alcohol content of .17 percent, more than twice the legal threshold for intoxication, as well as traces of cocaine and marijuana in her blood, Brenner said.
In another incident July 1, an attempt to pull Flinn over resulted in a high-speed chase that ended on Upper Mountain Road in Lewiston, where Flinn allegedly rammed a Lewiston police car twice. No injuries were reported. Flinn was accused of refusing a breath test after that incident.
Flinn, 40, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court after the 44-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday. Kloch granted Brenner's bail request and scheduled a trial for April 24.