Wyoming woman arrested for drugs, driving under influence with child

WASHINGTON CITY — Washington City Police arrested a 34-year-old Wyoming woman Wednesday morning on charges of drug possession and driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle.

Washington City Police Officer Chandler Prince was dispatched to a suspicious situation at 850 W. Telegraph St. in Washington at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday, where he found Toni Lee Ryan, of Riverton, Wyoming, in the driver seat of her car with a child in the back seat.

Toni Lee Ryan, of Riverton, Wyoming, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Toni Lee Ryan, of Riverton, Wyoming, booking photo posted Sept. 24, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Ryan told Prince she was driving from California to Wyoming and had been on the road since 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to a probable cause statement filed by Prince in support of the arrest.

“I performed field sobriety on Toni and found her under the influence,” Prince said in the statement. “When her vehicle was searched a substance which looked like methamphetamine was located in her purse along with a broken syringe.”

Due to the offense location being in the same parking lot as Paul Mitchell The School-St. George, Ryan’s charges were enhanced for possessing drugs in a drug-free zone.

Ryan was arrested and charged with one second-degree felony for possession of a schedule 2 drug in a drug-free zone; one third-degree felony for child endangerment; one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia; and once class A misdemeanor for driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle.

Ryan was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility Wednesday. Her bail stands at $13,370.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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5 Comments

  • Koolaid September 26, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Give her a break! She was just trying to fit in with the local drug users. Child endangerment? Where was the child endangerment for the woman who cooked her kid in the car?

    • People watcher September 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      This woman was not a Mormon, thus- guilty.

  • Betty September 27, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    “Due to the offense location being in the same parking lot as Paul Mitchell The School-St. George, Ryan’s charges were enhanced for possessing drugs in a drug-free zone”

    Really? A hair school? While I don’t condone her actions, I think the Paul Mitchell school shouldnt be considered a “drug free zone” like it would an elementary, middle or high school. Looks like they are stacking charges so they appear generous when they drop some of them.

  • Michelle October 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I have been waiting for the dsy when this child would be removed from the card of this drug addict mother. Thank you to the officer who wasn’t fooled by this con artist

  • william Summers October 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I know this woman personally and I’m just glad the law caught up to her and saved that child from her mother who is a horrible drug addict… Just my opinion tho… 🙂

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