WASHINGTON CITY — Two St. George residents were arrested Sunday after drugs and child endangerment after being found with methamphetamine in a drug free zone and a child in the car.
Washington City Police Officer Eric DeMille stopped a car with Shakara Christensen and Anthony Williams inside after the vehicle failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, DeMille wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. Upon approaching the car, he saw Williams sitting on top of the center console, along with a child in the vehicle.
Christensen, who was driving the car, provided the officer with false information about her identity, DeMille said in the statement. After correctly identifying her, DeMille discovered Christensen currently had a warrant out for her arrest.
DeMille allowed Christensen to hold her child while waiting for her mother to arrive to pick up the child, DeMille said in the statement. While waiting for her mother, Christensen gave Williams a hug, where DeMille witnessed an exchange take place.
“Officers observed Anthony reach into the driver’s pants and pull something out,” DeMille said in the statement.
After seeing the exchange, police searched Williams and located a bag of suspected methamphetamine, DeMille said in the statement. Both Christensen and Williams were placed under arrest and transported to Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Upon arrival, officers at the jail conducted a search on Christensen where they discovered Suboxone — a medication that is approved by the FDA for the treatment of opiate dependence — in her underwear, DeMille said in the statement.
Drug charges for both Christensen and Williams were enhanced because the arrest took place within 1,000 feet of the Washington Branch Library.
Christensen is charged with one second-degree felony for drug possession; two third-degree felonies for possession of drugs in a jail and endangering a child with drugs; two class A misdemeanors for drug possession and providing false information to a police officer; a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia; and two class C misdemeanors for driving on a suspended registration and a previous warrant.
Christensen’s bail is set at $24,734.
Williams is also charged with a second-degree felony for drug possession and a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Williams’ bail is set at $10,583.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
Ed. note: Suboxone is a medication approved by the FDA for the treatment of opiate dependence; correction made as originally stated to be a medication for the treatment of chronic pain.
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