Dianna Wessel, 35, of 7 Davenport Road in New Rochelle was arrested last night and charged by New Rochelle police with Driving While Intoxicated. Wessel is the head of transportation services for the City School District of New Rochelle.
According to sources with knowledge of the arrest, a search of the vehicle Wessel was driving turned up marijuana. The police report shows the vehicle was impounded. Under New York State law, the vehicle may be forfeited to authorities.
Sources who were on the scene at the time of the arrest say Wessell had struck three parked vehicles before her vehicle rolled over landing on the roof. Wessell exited the vehicle on her own with no significant injuries. No one else was injured. Based on the extent of the damage witnesses speculated that Wessel must have been driving at a high rate of speed prior to losing control of the vehicle.
The incident occurred just before midnight on St. Patrick's Day, just four blocks from Wessel's resIdence.
UPDATE: The school district web site lists Wessel as Transportation Assistant. Some readers have informed us that she runs the Transportation Department so, for now, we will refer to her as "Transportation Manager". Apparently there was some controversy when she was promoted from Assistant to the Assistant of Assistant Superintendent Margeret "Peg" Pecunia.
UPDATE: Wessel's Facebook Friends List shows quite a few names known to Talk of the Sound.
UPDATE: Dianne Wessel has apparently modified her Facebook page and de-friended everyone. Fortunately, Talk of the Sound saved a copy of the list here.
UPDATE: I obtained a copy of the police report which shows she was arrested at 11:53 PM at Union Street and Locust Avenue. The report indicates Wessell was charged with DWI, her first offense.
NOTE: Wessel is the second public employee arrested this month for DWI. On March 2nd, New Rochelle Police Officer Jamillah Blair was arrested by Westchester County Police and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident after a wrong-way collision on the Hutchinson River Parkway.