Police phone tip leads to North Carolina charges
A 27-year-old woman is accused of driving while impaired after an alleged near miss between her car and a school bus in Alexander County. Sheriff’s officials say they received a tip from a caller that reported a vehicle that the caller believed may have been driving while impaired. The incident reportedly occurred in Taylorsville.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area in search of a Ford F-150 that reportedly nearly hit a school bus head-on. Deputies located a Ford F-150 that they believed matched the description of the vehicle in the phone tip. Deputies conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle.
One of the deputies to respond to the alleged incident investigated the allegations that the driver may have been impaired. Two passengers were I the Ford. The passengers included a 46-year-old Morgantown woman and a 2-year-old who was traveling in a child seat. A second deputy believed the child seat was not properly installed in the vehicle and reportedly investigated the issue.
Law enforcement claims that two bottles fell out of a seat in the vehicle while deputies were conducting their investigation. One of the bottles reportedly contained 83 Dilaudid pills. The second bottle reported contained 27 Xanax pills.
Law enforcement arrested the two adults in the vehicle. The driver was arrested for DWI. Both women reportedly will face drug charges for alleged possession of controlled substances related to the pills in the vehicle.
Deputies transported the women to the sheriff’s office for booking. The driver was fingerprinted and authorities say they learned her identity from a check of her fingerprints. Law enforcement claims that the driver is an out of state driver.
The 27-year-old driver is being held without bond in Caldwell County. Authorities say she has an outstanding warrant in Florida. Bond was set at ,000 for the 46-year-old passenger. The 2-year-old reportedly was turned over to the Department of Social Services.
Source: WBTV, “Duo facing drug charges after nearly colliding with school bus, deputies say,” Jeff Rivenbark 23 Mar 2011