Drunk driver, witness biter sentenced to state prison

WHITE PLAINS — A tearful Serena Walsh (left) apologized in court today for seriously hurting a Yonkers woman in a drunken-driving smash-up, in which she also bit a witness who tried to stop her from fleeing.

The apology came as a Westchester County judge sentenced Walsh, a 26-year-old New Rochelle resident, to two to six years in state prison for her behavior on the night of Sept. 28, 2009.

Walsh was driving drunk on Central Park Avenue when, police said, she ran two red lights and plowed into the driver’s side of a car near Underhill Street.

The 55-year-old driver was left unconscious, with injuries including a broken pelvis, arm and leg. Assistant District Attorney Nadine Nagler said the woman had to replace teeth that were knocked out in the crash.

“I want to apologize for what she had to go through,” Walsh said today, crying.

After the collision, police said, Walsh left her car, tossed her keys in the air and ran away, biting the arm of a witness who tried to stop her.

She later had a confrontation with Yonkers police when they found her at her boyfriend’s apartment. She began cursing at officers and tried to prevent them from leaving by sprawling on the hood of a cruiser, police said.

Walsh’s case went to trial in November, but she stopped it and pleaded guilty to felony charges of first-degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor charge of attempted assault.

Westchester County Judge Barry Warhit told Walsh today that her conduct that night put everyone on the road at risk.

“Your conduct … showed extreme selfishness,” he said.