Police arrested a woman they found asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle on Thursday.
Jessica M. Leach, 34, was arrested by Beatrice Police for driving under the influence of drugs, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, driving under suspension and two counts of possession of narcotics in an unauthorized container.
Just before 1 a.m. on Thursday, Beatrice Police officers were called to the parking lot of a Beatrice Casey’s General Store by employees who reported a woman who had passed out in a vehicle in front of the store.
When officers arrived, the vehicle, which was fitted with license plates from Howard County, was found to be running and the driver was asleep in the driver’s seat. Police said there was a prescription pill bottle in the woman’s hand and several white tablets had spilled into her lap and onto the floorboards.
Police woke the driver and asked her what was going on, the police report said.
According to police, Leach responded by saying, “I fell asleep, I guess, I don’t really know.” Leach identified herself and said she had a suspended license.
Officer Natasha Nesbitt asked her about the pills in her lap and Leach told her they must have dumped out of the bottle. Leach told police that the last time she’d taken any of her prescribed medication was the night before.
Police said that Leach had very slowed movements with her hands, eyes and head and her speech was also slowed and slurred. Leach said she hadn’t had any alcohol and submitted to perform field sobriety maneuvers, during which police said she exhibited impaired movements.
Leach then told police that she’d taken a Percocet and an Ultram ER at 10 p.m. A breath test showed no trace of alcohol.
Leach was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Police performed a search of the vehicle and discovered several prescription bottles and loose pills throughout the vehicle.
There were 24 loose acetomenaphin/oxycodone pills located on the driver’s side floorboard, driver seat and center console area as well as 1.5 Alaprazolam pills. Leach could not produce a prescription for either. A bottle labeled as Tramadol contained seven acetaminophen/oxycodone pills, one Tramadol pill and one Tradnazone pill.
Leach was taken to the Beatrice Police station before being transported to the Gage County Detention Center where she was booked and lodged.
On Friday morning, Leach’s bond was set at $5,000.