North Country judge accused of driving drunk with her triplets in the car

Anya Tendler

A North Country judge is accused of driving drunk and leading State Police on a chase, all with her 5-year-old triplets in the car.

Town of Madrid Justice, 43-year-old Anya Tendler, faces three counts of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger, Unlawfully Fleeing from a Police Officer, and must answer to a slew of traffic tickets.

State Police say it all started about 6 p.m. Wednesday evening when she rear-ended a pick-up truck on Route 11 in Canton, then drove away.

Troopers tried to stop her, but she kept driving east toward Potsdam - stopping only when her vehicle had some sort of problem with a tire.

The triplets were turned over to a family member, they were not hurt.

Tendler refused a breathalyzer test.

She was ticketed for reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, switching lanes unsafely, driving an unregistered vehicle, and drinking an alcoholic beverage while in the car.

She was arraigned on the DWI and related charge in the Town of Pierreport Court, and released under supervision of probation, due back in court next Wednesday afternoon.

Tendler was elected to her judgeship in 2012. Prior to that, she served as a lawyer.