TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) - Tammie Renner is a familiar face in the Town of Tonawanda courthouse. Wednesday night she appeared in court on her third DWI charge, asking the judge to have mercy on her.
This time police say Renner had her five-year-old daughter in the vehicle without a car seat. Since there was a child under the age of 16 in the car, the DWI is automatically a felony under Leandra's Law.
"An adult can say no I'm not going with you, but a child if their mother, father, or guardian says get in the car...a child is going to get in the car. They don't have a choice," said Captain Larry Bevilacqua of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.
The incident happened Tuesday after Renner left the Family Dollar Store on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.
"She was visibly intoxicated," said Marsha Mann, the Assistant Manager of the store.
Mann says she knew something wasn't right, "She was right by the door and she said something to Mary (another cashier). 'Oh you don't really mean all that and are you supposed to say all that' and I go yes we are, yes ma'am."
Renner was referring to the standard greeting the workers give to all their customers. She left the store after buying her daughter a pair of socks, but not before workers jotted down her license plate number and called the cops.
"She had a child with her and it was rainy last night so we're glad we could help," said Mann.
Police transported Renner to the Erie County Holding Center where she is being held on $20,000 bail. The child has been left with Renner's husband.
Renner will be back in court Monday at 7pm for a felony hearing.