Woman snorted pills while young daughter was inside vehicle
A Lehighton woman has been charged with DUI and endangering the welfare of children after she snorted pills inside her vehicle.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by officer Brian White of the Palmerton Borough Police Department:
On May 2, White was dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the 100 block of Delaware Avenue.
Upon arrival, White found a gray Chevrolet Cruze had struck the rear of a Chevrolet Silverado, which in turn caused the Chevrolet to be pushed forward, striking a Dodge Ram.
Both trucks were legally parked on the side of the road.
White spoke with the driver of the Chevrolet Cruze, Brandy Roe, 37, who also had her 7-year-old daughter with her during the time of the crash, and she was being tended to by bystanders.
Roe and her daughter were transported to Palmerton Hospital for evaluation.
While there, White received a phone call from the emergency room that the nurses found a plastic bag that Roe threw away which contained a white powdery substance inside.
While speaking with Roe, she seemed very distraught and not totally with it, as she would act very hyper and vigilant, then the next she would be very lethargic.
White asked about the baggie, and Roe said it was just candy that was inside. White asked Roe if she had any contraband on her, and she said she did not.
White asked Roe if he could look through her purse, which she allowed him to, and he found a clear plastic baggie with 10 white pills which were identified to be trazodone hydrochloride 150 milligrams, which are obtained by prescription only, and two liquid methadone containers which belonged to Franklin Rex.
Both items were taken back to the Palmerton Police Department.
Roe admitted to hospital staff that she did take methadone, and was acting very unusual and was nodding off while speaking.
Roe was given naloxone, which gave her more of an awakened state, and also admitted to hospital staff that she snorted pills inside the vehicle.
White obtained a search warrant for Roe’s medical records, which did have all the medical staff’s reports and dealings with Roe, and also showed in her urine sample positive results for amphetamine/methamphetamine, benzodiazepine and methadone.
Roe faces charges of DUI, manufacture etc. controlled substance, endangering welfare of children, and careless driving.
She is currently free and scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Aug. 7 before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.