North Vernon woman arrested on drug-related charges

A 35-year-old North Vernon woman found unconscious behind the wheel of a vehicle Sunday has been arrested, police report.

Crystal Riley faces Level 6 felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and violation of the Legend Drug Act in connection with the incident that started when police received a call about a driver who appeared to be passed out behind the wheel at Fourth and Summit streets in North Vernon.

The caller reported there was a possibility that the vehicle was still in drive, according to a news release from the North Vernon Police Department.

When officers arrived, they were able to wake up the woman, later identified as Riley, and safely put the vehicle in park, police said.

While doing this, they noticed the smell of burnt marijuana in the car.

Riley also was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and prescription-only medication without a valid prescription.

Riley, who also faces Class A misdemeanor charges of operating while intoxicated and possession of paraphernalia, was booked into the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon at 12:44 p.m. Sunday and was being held on a $3,155 bond on Monday afternoon.

A Level 6 felony is punishable by six months to two and a half years in prison upon conviction with an advisory sentence of one year. 

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