The mother of a celebrity actress receives some unflattering media attention herself after being arrested for DWI while on Long Island. According to police, the woman was leaving the mall on a recent evening and rear-ended an SUV. She then allegedly intentionally left the scene of the accident without exchanging information with the driver of the SUV. The driver of the SUV followed her to her home while contracting police in the process.

When police caught up with her, they found her in her driveway with the engine running. An officer at the scene reportedly smelled alcohol and noticed the woman’s eyes were bloodshot. The officer also noted that she fell when she got out of her car.

However, the woman says that the officer never gave her a certified test to determine her blood alcohol content. She said she had only had one glass of wine and declined to take a portable breath test at the scene. These tests are commonly known to be less reliable than blood draws and certified breath tests.

In addition to a DWI charge, which authorities described as a felony offense, she also faces a charge of driving without a valid license. Reportedly, at the time of the incident, her license was suspended for delinquent taxes.

It is of course too early to know the outcome of this case, and the woman, for her part, has indicated that she intends to fight to charges. There is no doubt though that a New York felony conviction could have serious repercussions, including the possibility of jail time. She will want to explore her legal options carefully and will need a vigorous and through defense.