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Alleged drunk driver in stolen car arrested in New Philadelphia

According to Ohio State Patrol, a Tuscarawas County woman was drunk when she was operating a stolen car and traveling with a syringe full of 'an unknown liquid." Authorities arrested her at 1:55 a.m. on March 30 in the 400 block of E. High Avenue in New Philadelphia.

According to law enforcement, the driver had warrants out for her arrest long before the patrolmen pulled her over for a rear license plate violation. The warrants were for furnishing false information, failing to reinstate a suspended driver's license and obstruction of official business. In addition to the warrants, the woman also faces potential drug charges as well as charges related to the stolen vehicle. When the woman was taken into custody, she provided a fake ID that earned her additional charges. The woman remained in jail through the weekend waiting for a bond hearing.

According to jail records, the arrested woman was booked on charges of possession of drug abuse instruments, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and furnishing false information. She is still on probation for previous charges including misdemeanor loitering to engage in prostitution and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Facing charges of drunk driving is no laughing matter. A person facing these charges is at risk of being sentenced to hefty fines, community service, the loss of driving privileges and even incarceration. These penalties only grow stiffer with each conviction. Anyone charged with driving while intoxicated may need the assistance of legal counsel. An attorney with experience in criminal defense law may be able to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecuting attorney.

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