Crime Brief Drunken woman at­tempts to hide in kudzu from Por­terdale po­lice

The Covington News - - Local News - By Am­ber Pittman

A Por­terdale po­lice of­fi­cer was pa­trolling the area of Crow­ell Road in the wee hours of Sept. 28 when he no­ticed two women and a young boy stand­ing on the side of the road in the dark. But when he turned around to check on the group they were no where to be found.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports the of­fi­cer drove back and forth on Crow­ell in search of the trio but could not seem to lo­cate them. At that point he be­came sus­pi­cious the group was at­tempt­ing to hide from him so he pulled onto a street, cut his lights and sat watch­ing for the three to reap­pear.

While sit­ting the of­fi­cer glanced in the area of a gas sta­tion and re­port­edly no­ticed peo­ple hid­ing in the kudzu. He drove to the area and be­gan to look for the three once more. The of­fi­cer al­legedly took off on foot through the kudzu and when he was un­able lo­cate any­one got back into his cruiser and con­tin­ued to search for the three miss­ing peo­ple.

He in­stead found a New­ton County deputy and in­formed the deputy of the peo­ple he was search­ing for, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. The deputy al­legedly told the of­fi­cer he had seen a child and two fe­males walk­ing on Crow­ell Road but when the of­fi­cer got there they had dis­ap­peared once more.

While search­ing the area of Ma­gan Court and Michal Ryan Drive the of­fi­cer no­ticed a young boy emerge from the kudzu. He asked the boy to come and speak with him and the child, a 10-year-old, com­plied. While speak­ing with the youth the of­fi­cer re­port­edly no­ticed a woman with him that was strug­gling to get out of the kudzu, once out the of­fi­cer or­dered her to sit down on the ground and the woman, who ap­peared to be in­tox­i­cated ac­cord­ing to re­ports, com­plied.

When asked if she had been drink­ing the woman, iden­ti­fied as 33-year-old Robin Palmer Maresca, re­port­edly toll the of­fi­cer she had been drink­ing. When asked why she was hid­ing in the kudzu she al­legedly told the of­fi­cer she hadn’t been hid­ing from him but had fallen into the kudzu. The of­fi­cer asked her where the other woman was that he had seen her with ear­lier and she re­port­edly told him there was only her and her 10year-old son.

The NCSO deputy al­legedly told the of­fi­cer he had ob­served an­other woman as well but Maresca re­port­edly stuck with her story that it was just her and her son in the kudzu. The of­fi­cer went to in­ves­ti­gate and al­legedly no­ticed cloth­ing in­side the kudzu and found an­other woman re­port­edly ly­ing down in a patch of it. She was or­dered to come out and speak with the of­fi­cer but was un­able to do so without a strug­gle be­cause, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, she was tan­gled up in the vines.

Once the woman, iden­ti­fied as 19year-old Han­nah El­iz­a­beth Tol­bert, made her way out of the patch of kudzu, the of­fi­cer re­port­edly was able to no­tice not only that she was un­steady on her feet, but that she also reeked of al­co­hol. The of­fi­cer at­tempted to have Maresca breathe into an Alco Sen­sor to check her blood/al­co­hol level but she re­port­edly re­fused to do so.

Tol­bert did agree to the test and, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, reg­is­tered a .160 level. Both women were ar­rested and trans­ferred to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. Maresca was charged with pub­lic drunk­e­ness and Tol­bert was charged with pub­lic drunk­ness and un­der­age con­sump­tion. The 10-year-old boy was re­leased to a fam­ily mem­ber.

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