Woman found smoking cigarette during rescue

Posted at 12:27 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 13:20:43-04

Deputies from the Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash scene at Sisson Highway and Shirley Road in the Town of North Collins early Friday morning. 

At 4:41 a.m. deputies discovered a minivan partially submerged in a pond with its lights still on. The Sheriff's Office says a woman was found in the driver's seat smoking a cigarette while being rescued by personnel from the North Collins Fire Company. 

Sonya Gelster, 37 of Boston had a strong odor of alcohol on her, according to deputies. She failed multiple sobriety tests and was subsequently charged with a felony DWI, among six other charges. 

She's currently held at the Erie County Holding Center until her arraignment in North Collins Town Court.