Police didn’t have to travel far when they arrested a woman on drug charges Monday.
Amanda Williamson, 38, of 2456 Haynes Lennon Hwy., Cerro Gordo, was arrested for felony possession of crack cocaine after officers found her passed out in the parking lot of the Chadbourn Police Department.
Chadbourn Police Chief Anthony Spivey said Officer M.S. Morales was on patrol when he spotted a vehicle parked in the travel lane of the parking lot at the Chadbourn Town Hall.
“He could see a woman’s feet propped against the window,” Spivey said, “and immediately went to see if she needed assistance.”
Williamson did not immediately respond when the officer knocked on the car window, but when Morales tried several more times to see if she was awake, Williamson “jumped up, startled.”
The woman was either asleep or passed out in the front of the Virginia-based rental car, Spivey said. A records check showed she was not the listed driver.
Williamson allegedly told officers that she could not start the car, because she didn’t have the keys. The car belonged to a friend of hers, she said.
Upon a consensual search of the vehicle, Spivey said, officers found clothing and a bag of what appeared to be crack cocaine in her purse.
“The suspect said the pocketbook was old,” Spivey said, “and she didn’t know where the drugs came from.”
Williamson was arrested and confined in the county detention center. She was held under $2,000 secured bond.