NYS agency director arrested for DWI, fleeing the scene of crash


A New York State agency director was arrested Sunday night after she allegedly drove drunk down a street in Colonie, hit a utility pole, and flipped her car before fleeing on foot.

Police say 56-year-old Sheila McBain was driving drunk and texting Sunday night, when she hit a utility pole and flipped her car. She then tried to flee the scene on foot. McBain is the director of the State Central Register at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

It took Colonie police all of five minutes to arrive on scene after a witness called in the accident. Police used k-9 units to help track down McBain on Watervliet-Shaker, about half a mile from where she crashed.

Police administered a field sobriety test on Watervliet-Shaker road before arresting McBain for DWI, leaving the scene of property damage, and operating a vehicle while texting. 

McBain is due back in court on January 7th.

The Office of Children and Family Services responded to NEWS10 ABC Monday evening saying: 

OCFS ‎is fully aware of the incident and takes these matters very seriously. We have placed the employee on administrative leave. Following our investigation, additional disciplinary actions and termination may occur. 

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