COLONIE, N.Y. - A woman who has been a vocal critic of drunk driving and lost her brother in a DWI crash has been arrested for driving drunk Monday morning.
Colonie Police responded to the report of an accident around 4 a.m., finding 22-year-old Chelsea Breen of Watervliet was allegedly driving drunk with a BAC over .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit, when she crashed her vehicle into a tree on Vermont View Drive.
She was also charged with texting while driving and possession of marijuana, according to the police report.
Chelsea Breen's brother, 20-year-old Anson Breen of Colonie, lost his life in February 2006 when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree on Lincoln Avenue in Colonie. The driver, 20-year-old Thomas Lafore, was intoxicated and later pled guilty to manslaughter and is serving a sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison.
Albany County Sheriff's Department held a DWI sweep in Anson Breen's honor last year netting 21 arrests for driving under the influence.
Their mother, Darlene Breen, has been outspoken against drunk driving since the accident, working closely with Choices 301 Stop DWI program, which seeks to prevent drunk driving and other unsafe driving habits. Chelsea has worked with her mother on some of these initiatives, and even spoke during Choices 301 presentations giving victim impact speeches.
Chelsea was released on an appearance ticket and is due in Colonie Town Court Monday at 6 p.m.
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