WILLIAMSON – A Williamson woman faces a host of charges after officers with the Williamson Police Department (WPD) responded to a 911 call advising that two females were smoking crack in a parking lot in downtown Williamson.
Christi Ashley, 54 from Williamson, was arrested Thursday, February 2, on misdemeanor charges related to obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, assault on an officer and public intoxication.
A criminal complaint states that officers received a call advising that two females were smoking crack in a green vehicle in the parking lot across the street from the G and V Club.
The complaint states that officers arrived in an unmarked vehicle and observed Ashley to be in the passenger seat. When officers exited the vehicle, they allegedly observed Ashley put something in her mouth in an attempt to hide it.
The officers then approached the passenger side of the vehicle and allegedly attempted to recover the item Ashley had placed inside her mouth. However, Ashley allegedly began to fight with officers and was placed in handcuffs for officer safety.
The complaint states that one officer looked inside her mouth and noticed what appeared to be a white solid piece of crack.
At that point, officers allegedly attempted to recover the item from Ashley’s mouth in an effort to prevent her from swallowing it, however, Ashley was successful in swallowing the item she had placed in her mouth. The complaint also notes that officers detected the odor of alcohol emitting from Ashley and she was given a breathalyzer which indicated a .098.
Ashley was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden, W.Va. and was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Jim Harvey.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should not be considered innocent until and unless proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)