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S. Hill woman found unconscious behind wheel facing charges

Published May 10. 2018 08:43AM

A Summit Hill woman who police said was under the influence of a controlled substance and became unruly and uncooperative with police, is facing numerous charges stemming from the incident that happened at 3:58 p.m. May 6.

Penny Shelton, 52, of 23 Stoney Lonesome Road, Summit Hill, was found unconscious and sitting behind the steering wheel of a vehicle that was running at the time.

She was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Borough police said they were summoned to the area of Walnut and Ludlow streets for a woman “passed out” in a vehicle and found Shelton unconscious behind the driver’s seat of a tan-colored Honda Civic.

Police said they awakened her and found her pupils to be constricted. Police said she acted “very excited, indicative of someone who is under the influence of a controlled substance.”

Police said they asked Shelton to get out of the car numerous times, but she failed to comply and kept arguing with police. The officer said he saw a purple-colored cloth pouch sitting on Shelton’s lap, which she was trying to conceal.

Police said they attempted to assist the woman in getting out of the vehicle, but she “began to thrash about the inside of the vehicle violently.”

When police advised her she was under arrest, police said, Shelton kept pulling away in an attempt to avoid being taken into custody. Police said they had to physically carry Shelton to the police car, where she was then secured.

Police said the pouch contained five bags of suspected heroin and several empty wax packets which are commonly used to package heroin. Two small straws were also in the pouch with white residue inside them and a small empty metal tin that had white powdery residue in it.

Police said they requested the assistance of Trooper Michael Sofranko of the Lehighton barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police, who is a certified drug recognition expert. He conducted several tests of Shelton at the police station, which police said she failed. She refused to submit to chemical testing and refused to provide a written statement about the incident.

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