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Sophia Anderson who initially took the DWI rap for her boyfriend in a house crash on Long Island is now charged with lying to police. She tearfully apologized Thursday and blamed her now ex-boyfriend. Greg Cergol reports.
The Brooklyn woman who Suffolk County prosecutors said took the rap in a drunk-driving case for the man she loved has pleaded not guilty to new charges that she lied to investigators.
Sophia Anderson appeared in a Riverhead court Thursday to face the new charges.
"I feel betrayed," Anderson, 21, told reporters tearfully. "Devastated by a man who I was in love with and lived with for two years."
Her lawyer, John LoTurco, added, "She was manipulated by her scoundrel of a boyfriend at the time... She feels great remorse for what happened."
Anderson was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in May after a red Mercedes crashed through a Huntington home, just missing the 96-year-old homeowner and her 94-year-old sister.
At the time, Anderson told police she was driving the car; but Wednesday, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota revealed the real driver was Anderson's ex-boyfriend, Dan Sajewski of Lloyd Harbor.
Spota said Sajewski begged his former live-in girlfriend to say she was the driver because Sajewski was already on probation for drug charges in Suffolk and facing criminal charges in Nassau and Brooklyn.
According to Spota, Sajewski told Anderson, "You have to say you were driving. I can't afford to get into any more trouble."
Anderson changed her story, her lawyer said, after Sajewski never made good on his promises to come clean and help her.
The DWI case against Anderson will be dropped Friday, prosecutors said.
Sajewski has pleaded not guilty to drunk driving and other charges.
Anderson's lawyer said she will testify against him if the case goes to trial.