Police: Pregnant motorist found overdosed in car
A 27-year-old pregnant woman has admitted she injected heroin while driving home one night in late August, state police said.
Staci M. Willits, of 1115 Almond St., passed out behind the wheel of her car when she stopped at Northway Road and Sheridan Street in Loyalsock Township about 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, Trooper Troy Hansen said in an affidavit.
A motorist called 911, bringing an ambulance and police to the scene.
Willits, who was initially unresponsive but then conscious, was already being treated in the back of the ambulance when Hansen arrived.
The trooper said Willits told him she “pulled over to inject a bag of heroin. She related that she continued driving, but did not remember anything else.” She admitted she was five months pregnant. In plain view, the trooper spotted a syringe in the car between the driver’s seat and door.
Willits was treated at a local hospital. A blood test revealed fentanyl in her system, Hansen said.
Charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and careless driving, Willits was arraigned Monday and released on $2,500 bail.