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Claysburg woman faces drug charges

Smith accused of driving while impaired

A Claysburg woman arrested twice in three days on methamphetamine charges is due to appear in Martinsburg District Court.

Leah Jo Smith, 30, was first arrested Nov. 6 after a crash in which responding police allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to charges filed by Freedom Township police Officer Tyler Grigg.

Smith, who was also cited with several traffic violations, including driving without a license, was released with the misdemeanor drug charges to be filed by summons.

When police were dispatched to a call about an erratic driver in a silver-colored Chevrolet sedan pulling into the Dollar General lot in Roaring Spring about 8:15 p.m. Nov. 8, Grigg and another Freedom Township officer responded because no borough police were available at the time, court records indicate.

When the officers pulled into the parking lot, Grigg recognized the driver of the car as Smith from the crash two days earlier.

Officers asked Smith to step outside the car so they could talk to her. “Smith began showing signs of impairment, she was leaning against her vehicle, had a white substance (on her) tongue and had an overactive demeanor.”

After Smith allegedly showed signs of impairment in field sobriety tests, she took a preliminary breathe test that came back negative for alcohol, police said.

Police asked Smith to perform a balance test, and she allegedly had mild body tremors. Officers requested a drug recognition expert, but none were available and Smith was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI of drugs.

During a search of Smith and her bag, police allegedly found a bag of methamphetamine described in the charges as “two substantial rocks of meth and a substantial amount of powder.”

Police said the bag of methamphetamine weighed 18.9 grams.

When Smith was asked if she was selling methamphetamine to make money to replace the vehicle she crashed two days before, she allegedly said that was correct, police added. Smith refused a blood test after her arrest.

Smith was booked on charges that include felony and misdemeanor drug possession, and she posted $15,000 cash bail through a bail bondsman after her arraignment Nov. 9 by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller.

Smith is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger on Thursday for preliminary hearings in both cases.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.

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