Police: Woman drove from bar to bar looking for cocaine with child in car

JERSEY SHORE – With her young daughter riding in the back seat, Jennie Marie Smith drove from bar to bar, trying “to find someone who had cocaine” that she could use, according to state police.

When she finally got what she so desperately wanted, the 42-year-old DuBoistown mother ingested the controlled substance right in the bar before returning to her car and heading home, Trooper Richard Holz said investigators were told.

However, before she arrived home on the night of June 17, Smith, of 255 Arlington St., lost control of her 2001 Kia Optima, which crashed into a guardrail in the 11000 block of Route 44 South in Limestone Township, Holz said.

Neither Smith nor her daughter, who is under the age of six, was seriously hurt in the crash, Holz added.

In addition to being under the influence of cocaine, blood tests revealed that Smith also was under the influence of prescription drugs.

At the crash scene, Smith “appeared disoriented, tired and under the influence of some unknown controlled substances,” Holz said, adding her eyes were bloodshot and her speech was slurred.

Upon getting out of the car, Smith was unable to stand on her own and instead had to lean on her car, he said.

In addition to admitting that she had used marijuana in the prior two days, Smith said she earlier had used cocaine that she got at a bar, “but she couldn’t remember which one,” Holz said.

Smith said she drove “to several bars to find someone who had cocaine.” A friend stayed with her daughter in the car while she was inside the bars, Smith told the trooper.

Charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, endangering the welfare of a child and three summary traffic violations, Smith has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley.