Cops: Drunk, naked North Wales woman risks gas catas­tro­phe

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Michael Alan Gold­berg mgold­berg@jour­nal­reg­is­

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.

Ac­cord­ing to North Wales po­lice, at just af­ter 1 S.P. $SrLl 6, Rf­fiFHrs rH­ceived a call from a woman who re­ported that she had just turned off the stove in­side Wat­son’s home — she told cops the burner knob was left in the “on” po­si­tion but the pilot light was nRW lLW, fil­lLnJ WhH rHsLGHnFH with gas that also spread into a neigh­bor’s home, the crim­i­nal com­plaint states. The caller told po­lice that when she went to Wat­son’s home, Wat­son an­swered the front door naked; the woman be­lieved Wat­son was in­tox­i­cated and re­quested po­lice check on her well-be­ing, ac­cord­ing WR WhH Df­fiGDvLW.

:hHn Dn Rf­fiFHr Dr­rLvHG at Wat­son’s house, po­lice said, Wat­son again opened the door naked, and the Rf­fiFHr — LPPHGLDWHly de­tect­ing a strong odor of nat­u­ral gas em­a­nat­ing from in­side the res­i­dence — checked the stove to en­sure it was off, then opened the front and rear doors and liv­ing room win­dow to pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion.

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.

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