Cops: Drunk, naked North Wales woman risks gas catastrophe
A North Wales woman is facing a half-dozen charges after allegedly leaving a stove burner on while intoxicated — causing naturDl JDs WR fill ERWh hHr DnG her neighbor’s home — and answering her door nDNHG ZhHn D SRlLFH RffiFHr responded to the scene.
Linda Lee Watson, 47, of the 400 block of Beaver Street, has been charged with risking catastrophe — a third- degree felony — as well as recklessly endangering another per- son, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, open lewdness and harassment in connection with an incident at her home earlier this month.
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At that point, according to police, Watson indicated she was in physical distress, and an ambulance was dispatched to the residence. After paramedics arrived and began treating Watson, they asked the resSRnGLnJ RffiFHr WR DGPLnister a portable breath test to determine her alcohol level so that proper treatment could be administered — the test revealed a 0.326 percent alcohol level, the complaint states.
Both Watson’s and the neighbor’s residences were ventilated and the North Penn Fire Company re- sponded to the scene to check the levels of natural gas, police said, determining that it was safe for residents to remain in their homes.
Court records show that an arrest warrant for Watson was issued April 10, and on April 12, Watson was arraigned before District gudge Robert Sobeck of Whitpain. She was incarcerated at Montgomery County Correctional Facility after failing to post A2,500 cash bail.
A preliminary hearing before Sobeck was scheduled for April 17.