Mom on Xanax charged after wrecking car with tot in tow

Delaware State Police say an Elsmere, Del., woman was drugged out on Xanax - and had a sizeable stash of additional doses of the downer in her car - when she crashed into a telephone pole in Wilmington, injuring her 6-year-old daughter.

Samantha Etsy, 23, was charged with vehicular assault, child endangerment, driving under the influence, careless driving and related offenses after she wrecked her 1993 Chrysler Concorde on Kirkwood Highway near Central Avenue about 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the state police. Etsy was driving east when her car began to drift; she overcorrected and swerved off the road into the utility pole. Police found 28 doses of Xanax in the car.

Her daughter was treated at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children for unspecified injuries. The child wasn't in a child safety-seat, so Etsy also was charged for that offense. Etsy, who was uninjured in the wreck, was arraigned at the Court of Common Pleas in Wilmington and released on $2,501 bail, according to the state police.

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