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Woman in collision that killed baby had prior DWI arrest

The woman charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in a fatal crash that claimed the life of a 7-month old girl Tuesday morning was arrested on a DWI charge three years ago in Chautauqua County, records show.

Danielle N. Kellogg, 24, of Brant was pulled over by a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy on Route 60 in the Town of Pomfret at about 4:19 a.m. Nov. 26, 2009, according to records obtained by The Buffalo News.

A deputy allegedly saw Kellogg crossed the center line and the fog line and stopped Kellogg.

The deputy smelled alcohol on her breath and noted that her eyes were red and watery. She failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with DWI. She was taken to the sheriff’s substation where her blood alcohol content level was measured at .12 percent. She was charged with DWI and DWI per se.

According to DMV records, Kellogg pleaded guilty in Town of Pomfret Court to driving while impaired in January 2010 and paid a $500 fine. She had a conditional license until May 17, 2010, when her full driving privileges were restored. Her license was valid at the time of Tuesday’s crash.

Kellogg was behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Explorer SUV registered to a Fredonia man at about 9:05 a.m. Tuesday when she crossed over the center line of Southwestern Boulevard in Brant on the Seneca Cattaraugus Reservation, Erie County Sheriff’s officials said.

Kellogg struck a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Denise Hine, 31, of Hamburg, who made an unsuccessful attempt to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle, police said.

The crash occurred after Hine had just dropped off her 4-year-old daughter at school and was driving home with her other daughter, Baylee Marie Dion, who was strapped into her infant carrier seat.

The force of the impact split Hine’s Pontiac in two.

The baby was rushed to Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving where she died.

The mother was taken to Erie County Medical Center with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s officials obtained a court order to get a blood sample from Kellogg in order to determine her blood alcohol content level.

Kellogg was being held in the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $20,000 in bail.

Her attorney declined to comment Wednesday.