A Village of Woodbury woman was arrested on DUI and drug possession charges after a two-vehicle crash in Belleview on Tuesday.
Paige Louise Patterson, 56, of 9385 SE 171st Le Flore Lane, was behind the wheel of a Jeep SUV when it rear-ended a white Toyota SUV stopped for a red light at the intersection of SE Abshier Boulevard and SW Highway 484, according to the Belleview Police report.
The responding officer smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Patterson’s breath and her words were slurred. Patterson rubbed her chest multiple times and said it hurt a little bit, but she didn’t need an ambulance, the report said.
After failing a series of field sobriety exercises, Patterson was placed under arrest. The officer conducted a pat-down search and found a small plastic bag containing several pills. The officer then searched Patterson’s purse and found an unmarked white pill bottle containing several types of pills and capsules, including one dark green egg-shaped capsule with no markings, according to the report.
Patterson said the medications in her pocket should be a couple of Flexero tablets for muscle pain and maybe an Oxycodone tablet. She said she has prescriptions for both, but she only brings the medications she might need instead of carrying the entire bottle. Patterson said the pill bottle had over-the-counter medications, the report said.
Patterson was taken to the Marion County Jail, where a breath-alcohol test came back with results of 0.226 and 0.229. After being read her Miranda rights, Patterson said she had two vodka/Diet Coke drinks after she got off work, the report said.
The officer researched the pills on drugs.com and discovered several were prescription medications. The pills included two tramadol hydrochloride, two cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride, seven gabapentin, four dicyclomine hydrochloride, and two acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate, according to the report.
Patterson was charged with DUI with property damage and five counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. She was released Wednesday on $11,000 bond.