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Lansford woman facing charges

Published January 09. 2012 05:04PM

Mary Hill, 41, of 366 W. Bertsch St., Lansford, faces charges from an incident which took place at 2:54 p.m. Sept. 23 at Water and Centre streets. Charges of three counts of driving under the influence (DUI), possession of a controlled substance, and careless driving were filed by borough Officer Jason Helmer.

According to an affidavit of probable cause:

Officer Chris Ondrus took a report of unauthorized use of an automobile from Mae Fredericks, who reported that her daughter, Mary Robyn Hill, had taken her 2000 Ford Taurus without permission and had not returned.

About a half-hour later, Helmer was on patrol and spotted the car traveling south on Centre. Helmer stopped the car at W. Water and Centre sts.

The driver was identified by her license as Hill. While speaking with her, Helmer noticed several pill bottles and plastic bags in plain view between the front seats and in Hill's open purse, also in plain view.

Helmer noted that Hill's pupils were constricted to pinpoints and that she appeared confused, lethargic, slow to answer questions, and had trouble balancing without leaning on the car.

Hill admitted to having taken several Klonopin and Codone pills with the past 24 hours. She was arrested, at which time clear plastic packaging containing a white, powdery residue was found in her front jacket pocket. Hill told police she didn't know what it was.

She was taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale, for a blood test.

Hill tested positive for cocaine metabolite, opiates and benzodiazepines. The white powdery residue tested positive for cocaine.

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