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Impaired Dutchess Woman Found Passed Out Behind Wheel at Hudson Valley State Park, Police Say

New York State Police
New York State Police

A Dutchess County woman with a long criminal past is accused of driving under the influence of drugs.


On Wednesday, New York State Police from Hawthorne charged 26-year-old Alexa M. Stefanchik of Poughkeepsie with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a felony.

Troopers were dispatched to the FDR State Park entrance for a report of a driver passed out behind the wheel. EMS was on scene with the driver, identified as Stefanchik, who refused further medical attention, police say.

While interviewing the defendant, troopers allegedly observed signs that Stefanchik was impaired.

Stefanchik was placed in custody and evaluated by a State Police Drug Recognition Expert who confirmed that she was not safely able to operator a motor vehicle due to drug impairment, officials say.

Stefanchik is due to appear in the Town of Yorktown Court on July 11.

The State Police were assisted by the Town of Yorktown Police Department.

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