Angela R Woodworth, a 45-year-old mother in Gainesville, Florida was charged with drug possession and felony child neglect after four children said they jumped out of her car because she was drunk.
Woodworth was arrested and charged with four felony counts of child neglect, resisting an officer without violence, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said four 11-year-old children, Woodworth’s son and three of his friends ran into a Steak N’Shake saying they jumped from her car because she was drunk.
A witness named Kenisha Drayton said, “it was like a little girl screaming for help. We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”
Josh Kramer was eating inside the Steak N’Shake when the children ran inside. He said, “one of the boys told me his mom, they just came from Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road. She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. They came to a stop. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”
Kramer said he called 911 and while he was talking to the dispatcher, Woodworth came to the restaurant and screamed at the children, ordering them to come with her.
“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant” said Kramer. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”
Police officer Ben Tobias said, “they were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space. We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”
According to police, the children told them that Woodworth drove them around to several places including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley, where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer, and a Ruby Tuesday, where she consumed four drinks. Police found receipts confirming the purchases of alcohol.
When police searched Woodworth’s car, they found about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.
Police notified the Department of Children and Families and Woodworth was arrested. Officers said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and his three friends were returned to their parents.
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In Salem, Oregon, police say Michael Durban strolled into his arraignment on possession of heroin charges with heroin and needles in his pocket.
Durban is facing another count of unlawful possession of heroin because police found hypodermic needles and a cotton ball possibly containing heroin on him.
When asked about the paraphernalia, Durban replied, “I got mixed up. I thought I left it in my car.” He was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail.
Drugs can make us do irrational things. Coming to court with drugs is never a good idea, and a sober person would understand that.
Drugs cloud our judgement, and lead us into dangerous situations. We can’t think clearly, so we think bad ideas are actually good ones.
Many times people who get high think they look normal to the rest of the world. They feel good, so they think they look good. They can’t see how they stumble, slur their words, or say things that don’t make sense.
I knew a lady who had an issue with drugs, but wasn’t ready to get help. We went to her birthday party, and she couldn’t stop laughing at a picture on her refrigerator. I was helping her bring sodas out to the rest of the party when she stopped me in the kitchen.
She pointed to a picture of herself on the fridge, rambled about something, and broke into hysterical laughter. I had no idea what to do, I was very uncomfortable.
When it was time to cut the birthday cake, her eyes were bloodshot, and she couldn’t hold the knife to cut the cake. She asked my husband to help, so he finished cutting the cake. We decided to go home a little early.
The lady didn’t think she had a drug problem, so she refused to talk about receiving help. Her family talked to her about her behavior, but she wasn’t ready to stop using yet.
A couple years later, she finally decided to get help with substance abuse, and she’s doing great now.
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