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Woman arrested three times for simulated public intoxication

Woman arrested three times for simulated public intoxication

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A Carter Lake woman was arrested by the Denison Police Department three times in the same week for simulated public intoxication.

According to a criminal complaint filed in district court in Crawford County, at about 4:02 a.m. on November 14, Sgt. Daniel McGinnis was dispatched to the area of Walmart in response to a report of a subject, Stephanie Ann Carrier, 34, of Carter Lake, acting strange and walking around the store. When McGinnis first observed Carrier, she was stumbling in the middle of the road, could not keep her balance and was swaying from side to side while she walked toward him, the complaint said. He tried to make contact with Carrier, and she went around his patrol car and would not listen to his commands to stop. He eventually ran toward her and grabbed her arm. As he was doing this, he saw Carrier inhaling compressed air cans up her nose. She was arrested for simulated public intoxication, 1st offense, a simple misdemeanor.

Later that day, according to a district court filing, she pled guilty and was fined $65, which carries a $22.75 surcharge. Court costs are $60.

At about 10:08 p.m. on November 14, officers found Carrier to allegedly be simulating public intoxication while at Avenue C and Arrowhead Drive in Denison. The criminal complaint filed on November 15 said that she attempted to flee from police officers and when apprehended was found to be in possession of two cans of electronics duster, which she admitted to have been huffing. For this incident, Carrier was arrested for simulated public intoxication, 2nd offense, a serious misdemeanor, and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.

On November 16, Carrier’s court-appointed attorney filed a motion for bond reduction, stating that she was financially unable to post the $500 bail required to be released from custody. The motion added that the facts alleged in the criminal complaint did not provide a factual basis to believe she was pretending to be under the influence of alcohol and that she has no history of failing to appear for court.

At about 9:45 p.m. on November 17, Carrier was again arrested for simulated public intoxication. It was the third or subsequent offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; Carrier had pled guilty to the charge of simulated public intoxication on November 6 in Shelby County, based on charges filed on October 18.

The criminal complaint filed in district court on November 18 alleges that at about 9:35 p.m. on November 17, Carrier stole two cans of electronics duster valued at $7.63 from Walmart in Denison, for which she was charged with theft in the 5th degree. The complaint said she then proceeded to the Walmart parking lot and began huffing the electronics duster she had stolen, simulating intoxication while being in the public place.

Carrier was ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation. An arraignment on the second November 14 charge of simulated public intoxication was set for 9:30 a.m. on December 18.

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