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$100K Bail Set In Long Island DWI Death

A woman accused of dragging her boyfriend to his death as he tried to stop her from driving drunk was ordered held on $100,000 bail Monday.

Jesenia Vega, 27, of Carle Place, was arrested Saturday night on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. In a court appearance Monday, District Court Judge John Iliou set bail at $100,000 or $200,000 bond.

Vega has pleaded not guilty. Outside court, her attorney, Guy Allen, denied she had been drunk.

He said Vega was very upset and "she is extremely sympathetic to the family of this young man. This is a very emotional time for her."

Suffolk County police said Louis Wiederer, 26, of Westbury was holding onto an open window on the driver's side of Vega's car around 9 p.m. Saturday when Vega drove off and dragged him to his death. The accident happened in Centereach, where the couple had attended a block party earlier that day.

Allen had asked for a lower bail of $5,000, telling the judge his client would attend all future court appearances.

Newsday reported that, even as her boyfriend was lying dead underneath her car, Vega told a responding police officer that she was "trying to drive away from him because he had just pushed and punched me," according to court documents.

As the officer continued to interview her, the scent of alcohol on her breath and bloodshot eyes hinted at her intoxication, and she admitted to drinking Patron, Heineken and Corona beer, Newsday reported.

Vega's attorney said some of the case's facts were in dispute and that while police had taken a blood-alcohol sample, the results weren't yet available to prove her level of intoxication, Newsday reported. He said she had no prior convictions, and works as a payroll clerk.

Records show, however, that she pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct in 1997, Newsday reported. Wiederer also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in 1998, Newsday reported.

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