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Swaledale woman accused of almost colliding head-on with Worth County deputy, meth

Swaledale woman accused of almost colliding head-on with Worth County deputy, meth

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HANLONTOWN - A Swaledale woman is arrested for meth after avoiding a head on collision with a sheriff’s deputy Thursday night near Hanlontown.

At about 11:46 p.m, Worth County Deputy was patrolling near Hanlontown, traveling north on Wheelerwood Road from 342nd Street, the sheriff’s department said in a release.

A green 2001 Toyota Corolla was spotted traveling south and came across the center line of the road, almost causing a head on collision with the deputy and a reserve deputy in the patrol car.

“We saw head lights on the other side of a hill coming toward us,” the deputy said in the criminal complaint. “When we came over the hill the car was in our lane and swerved to avoid us. I pushed the record button on my camera and turned around and activated my emergency lights and sirens.”

The deputy made a traffic stop on the vehicle and driver was identified as Alena Jean Bangs, 50, of Swaledale.  According to court documents, she was initially placed under arrest for driving without a valid license, no insurance and driving in the wrong lane of a two lane highway.

The deputy requested a tow and inventory was taken of the contents of the vehicle.

Upon search of the vehicle, deputies found a meth pipe.

“Alena wanted her glasses,” the deputy said in the criminal complaint. “When I opened the case there was a small baggy which contained a crystal like substance which based off of my training and experience believed to be Methamphetamine.”

Bangs was booked in the Worth County Jail.

At the jail, a deputy asked when she last used meth. According to court documents, Bangs claimed she last used Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

“I asked if she felt the affects (sic),” court documents said. “She said she was coming down from it.”  

Bangs was also charged with possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to charges of  driving without a valid license, no insurance and driving in the wrong lane of a two lane highway.

She is held in Worth County Jail on $2,900 bond. No court date has been set.

 

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.

 

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