Crime Briefs Er­ratic driver ar­rested on drug charges

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By Am­ber Pittman ve­hi­cle over off-ramp at exit 92 without in­ci­dent.

The of­fi­cer ap­proached the ve­hi­cle and knocked on the driver’s side win­dow and the driver, later iden­ti­fied as 22-year-old Lateisha Har­riott, re­port­edly rolled down the left rear passenger win­dow in­stead. Once she fi­nally cor­rected her mis­take and opened her win­dow to speak with the of­fi­cer, he re­ported that he could smell the odor of al­co­hol com­ing from her as she spoke with him.

Har­riott was asked if she was al­right and she al­legedly replied that she was “fine.” She also re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to “hav­ing a few drinks ear­lier while she was at work.” The of­fi­cer asked her if she would per­form field so­bri­ety tests and she agreed to do so, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. How­ever, dur­ing the Hor­i­zon­tal Gaze Nys­tag­mus test she moved her head from side to side in­stead of just fol­low­ing with her eyes. She was also un­able to walk a straight line, though she did at­tempt to do so on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

Due to var­i­ous signs while per­form­ing th­ese tests, the of­fi­cer be­gan to sus­pect that Har­riott may be un­der the in­flu­ence of more than al­co­hol and asked for per­mis­sion to search her ve­hi­cle, which she re­port­edly granted.

Dur­ing the search the of­fi­cer lo­cated a pill bot­tle in the cen­ter con­sole of the ve­hi­cle, with three dif­fer­ent types of pills in­side. The of­fi­cer took them to his ve­hi­cle to en­ter them into a search en­gine in or­der to iden­tify what they were but ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Har­riott spoke up from the back­seat where she was sit­ting and told the of­fi­cer the pills were Xanax and Hy­drocodone and that she had a pre­scrip­tion for them.

The of­fi­cer lo­cated five Xanax, three Hy­drocodone and seven Naproxen (an­other type of pain re­liever) pills in the ve­hi­cle. Har­riott was placed un­der ar­rest and charged with DUI al­co­hol/drugs, pos­ses­sion of sched­ule III and IV nar­cotics, fail­ure to main­tain lane and drugs not kept in their orig­i­nal con­tainer. She was trans­ported to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

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