Ilion woman faces drunk driving charges after driving car into Erie Canal

A 53-year-old woman faces drunken driving charges after she drove her car into the Erie Canal and climbed out the window as it sank.

Police in the Herkimer County village of Ilion tell local media outlets that Mary Ellen Dibrango of Ilion drove down a boat ramp into the canal Saturday evening. After she was helped to safety, she asked where her grandchildren were, prompting a search of the water that ended when authorities located the children safely at home.

Dibrango was evaluated at a hospital, arraigned before Village Justice Stephen Canipe and released to a family member.