Clearfield, PA – Part of the sentence was decided for a Frenchville woman who was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing a crash that seriously injured her 4-year-old son.
27-year-old Amber Ruth Brady of Frenchville is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, accidents involving death or injury, DUI, endangering the welfare of children, and recklessly endangering another person. It dates back to an ATV crash in July of last year.
Instead of sentencing her fully at this point in time, the judge ruled that Brady should first have a psychiatric assessment. He sent her to a state facility for 60 days to be evaluated. He also noted that Brady has an additional DUI case pending in Indiana County.
On July 19 of 2016, police found Brady and her son with a crashed Polaris RZR ATV along the westbound berm of the Shawville-Frenchville Highway in Girard Township.
Brady said her ATV had crashed because of a steering problem. However, a witness said that Brady had stopped by her house after the crash and asked for someone to drive them to the hospital, likely because she was afraid of legal trouble for driving under the influence during the crash. The witness called 911.
Police found the 4-year-old in the ATV with serious injuries. He was crying and screaming in pain, and the muscle and bone was exposed on one of his legs.
Brady was taken to Altoona Hospital by helicopter, and her son was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh. Her blood-alcohol level was taken two separate times, ranging from .116 to .183, though tests were done at least a few hours after the crash.