Needle stick during pat down search leads to felony charge

Last updated: July 14. 2014 8:41PM - 9174 Views
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VANDALIA - A West Milton woman has been charged with assault on a Vandalia police officer following an arrest on June 20.

Ashley L. Warner, 25, was originally charged with drug possession after officers were on patrol of the parking lot of the Knights Inn and Travel Lodge on Poe Avenue. She is currently in the Montgomery County Jail with a $25,000 bond.

According to the police report, detectives were patrolling in an unmarked vehicle and observed a male in a vehicle with the window down and the car running.

“Knights Inn is a known place for prostitution and drug activity,” the report says, and the Vandalia Police Department has made “numerous drug arrests” at the hotels.

When the male did not get out of the vehicle, the detectives parked to observe the car which left the hotel parking lot a few minutes later. The detectives followed the vehicle and observed suspicious behavior both from the passenger and the driver, who appeared to know they were being followed.

The driver pulled into the Drury Inn parking lot on Miller Lane where detectives approached him to speak to him.

After initially claiming that he was driving the female to the Knights Inn to pick up a job application, officers became suspicious after the female passenger, identified as Warner, was observed reaching into her bra.

Detectives had a Butler Township officer respond to the scene as well, and while searching Warner a Vandalia detective was pricked by a needle hidden in her blue jeans. Warner had denied repeatedly to the detective that she had a needle or any other weapon on her person.

The injured detective was taken to the Huber Heights emergency department for treatment and blood testing.

Vandalia prosecutors charged Warner with assault on a police officer, a fourth degree felony, which carries a possible prison sentence of 6-18 months. She was arraigned by Vandalia Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Heck on July 2. Heck found probable cause at a preliminary hearing on July 10 and sent the case to the Montgomery County Grand Jury for possible indictment.

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