Bronx Asst. Principal Arrested for DWI with Child

Concerned driver forced a suspected drunk to pull over

By Eric Luu
|  Thursday, Sep 17, 2009  |  Updated 5:16 PM EDT
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Bronx Asst. Principal Arrested for DWI with Child

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Melonie Lendor

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A concerned driver saved the day when he forced a drunken city school employee with her 10-month to pull over this morning, authorities said, the New York Post reported.

The Good Samaritan driver said he saw Melanie Lendor, 41, at about 6:40 a.m., driving erratically on the New York State Thruway in Rockland County, according to the Post.

Eventually, he got Lendor to pull over near Clarkstown by the Palisades Parkway exit. Both vehicles were stopped when cops responded to the scene.

“She indicated she was on her way to the Bronx,” New York State Police Sgt. John Antonelli told the paper. According to the Department of Education, Lendor works at I.S. 217 in the Bronx as an assistant principal.

Luckily, the assistant principal’s son was unharmed, but she will be charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

She was charged with felony DWI when she refused to take a Breathalyzer test because she has had a DWI conviction within the past 10 years, police said.

Lendor being held in lieu of $7,500 bail.

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