ITHACA, N.Y. — A Locke woman was sentenced Tuesday afternoon after police said her blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit while she drove with her 6-year-old foster child in her vehicle.

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Rae Miles, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor aggravated driving while intoxicated as part of a plea deal for three years of probation and “time served” for 20 days she has spent in jail.

Court documents show that Miles picked up her 6-year-old foster child from an Ithaca child care facility where bystanders suspected she was intoxicated. The records show that several people tried to prevent her from leaving and called 911. She was driving in the parking lot when an Ithaca police officer stopped her vehicle.

When a breath test was given to her at 6:14 p.m., her BAC was .24 percent. The legal limit is .o8 percent.

Court records show that Miles is employed at Cayuga Heights Elementary School and the Ithaca City School District website lists a person named Rae Miles as a teacher aid. School officials did not comment about Miles’ employment status with the district by publication time.

Miles was originally charged with three counts of aggravated driving intoxicated with a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

In an original plea deal, she was not sentenced to jail time but was allegedly found driving drunk again in Moravia with a BAC of .21 percent before she could be sentenced, said assistant district attorney Diane Lama.

“I sincerely hope that the defendant’s time in jail was a wake up call for her,” Lama said. “She put lives at risk.”

Miles’ attorney Joseph Joch said she was scheduled to appear in a different court for the Moravia incident Tuesday evening to answer for the second DWI charge. The court is closed Wednesdays and Joch’s office said they would not comment about the outcome of the case.

“You behavior is alarming, especially the second arrest for DWI and driving without a licence in Moravia,” Judge Joseph Cassidy said.

In addition to her probation and jail sentence, Cassidy said Miles must pay a $1,000 fine, attend a victim impact panel, undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment, have an interlocking device put in her vehicle and have her driver’s licence revoke.

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Jolene Almendarez

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