Police: Claysburg woman said she used heroin before crash
Feathers charged with endangering child, drug offenses
Greenfield Township Police arrested a Claysburg woman after she said she used drugs before rolling her vehicle Friday with a child inside, police documents said.
Holly N. Feathers, 33, was arraigned Saturday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio on nearly 30 charges, including endangering the welfare of a child by a parent or guardian, possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence (first offense), court documents stated.
Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident at Oakdale Road and Dunnings Highway about 3 p.m. Friday and discovered an upside down vehicle in a ditch, police documents stated.
Feathers said she was driving with her boyfriend and his 3-year-old son in the car when she lost control of the vehicle, resulting in the accident, according to court documents.
Police said Feathers’ pupils were constricted, and she acted “very anxious” during their conversation, leading the responding officers to suspect she might have been impaired at the time of the accident.
After conducting a field sobriety test, Greenfield police said Feathers stated she “did shoot up heroin” shortly before the accident.
Court documents said Feathers agreed to blood testing for impairing substances at UPMC Altoona.
A witness told police she watched Feathers’ vehicle travel at a high rate of speed toward Dunnings Highway, before “fishtailing” several times and crashing, police said.
The witness checked on Feathers and her boyfriend, then found a child in the backseat who was not wearing a seatbelt or in a car seat, court documents stated.
Medical personnel were called to check on the child, but police did not report an injury.
During a search of the vehicle, police said they found pill bottles and a needle.
After arresting Feathers, police searched her belongings and found two bundles of heroin as well as two loose, stamped bags of what Feathers advised was heroin, and Suboxone pills, which can be used to treat opioid dependence, court documents stated.
Feathers is jailed at Blair County Prison, and her cash bail was set at $25,000.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 29 with Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger.