Child hurt in crash

Altoona woman arrested for DUI after accident

Police charged an Altoona woman with several felonies after she allegedly wrecked her car while driving impaired with children in the vehicle, a commonwealth criminal complaint said.

Jennifer L. Lansberry, 36, was taken into custody and housed at Blair County Prison on Sunday, after an accident that resulted in Lansberry’s 7-year-old niece being flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh with a fractured skull and brain bleed, court documents state.

Altoona police responded to a report of an accident near the 3000 block of Beale Avenue about 7 p.m. Upon arrival, police found a silver Nissan had crashed into a light pole, police documents said.

After Lansberry was identified as the vehicle owner and operator, police said she appeared impaired, and her breath smelled like alcohol.

Two children were in the vehicle at the time of the accident, Lansberry’s niece and her 7-year-old daughter, court documents stated. A witness said he looked in the vehicle after the accident and saw Lansberry’s daughter moving around, but not Lansberry’s niece, who appeared to have an eye injury, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said they did not find any booster seats in the vehicle.

Lansberry could not explain how her car hit the light pole, but she did agree to having her blood tested at UPMC Altoona for impairing substances, court documents said.

After finding a vape pen in Lansberry’s vehicle, police said Lansberry told them she had a medical marijuana card.

Altoona police charged Lansberry with two felony counts of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children, driving under the influence (first offense) and several lesser crimes, including reckless driving and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio arraigned Lansberry on Sunday and set her cash bail at $40,000. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled with Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on

Oct. 28.


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