Engine running, asleep at the wheel, her arrest report says, but no DUI charge

Engine running, asleep at the wheel, her arrest report says, but no DUI charge

(As originally published, Thu, March 28th 2024 at 4:59 PM)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A call about a suspicious vehicle led a sheriff’s deputy in Florida to a parking lot in the middle of the night.

Dispatch told her somebody was in a white Dodge pickup truck that was running, but the person behind the wheel “was not awake, and would not wake up for the complainant.”

The deputy found the vehicle, along with Leanne Renee Petrilak “in the driver’s seat, breathing, but not awake,” her arrest report said.

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“I observed a clear glass pipe commonly used for smoking illegal narcotics in the defendant’s lap in plain view.

“I tapped on the shoulder of the defendant to gain her attention, to which she immediately awakened.

“I asked the defendant to step out of the vehicle to be medically evaluated by The Villages Fire Rescue Engine 41.

“The defendant took several moments to exit the vehicle, as she was attempting to conceal the clear glass smoking pipe within the vehicle.”

Apparently, Petrilak hadn’t realized it was too late, and the deputy was just getting started.

“While the defendant was exiting the vehicle,” the arrest report continued, “I observed a small clear baggie containing a crystal-like substance in the driver’s seat where the defendant was sitting.”

The deputy wrote it appeared to be methamphetamine, and it tested positive for meth. So did white residue in the clear glass smoking pipe.

Then, Petrilak reportedly admitted, “The clear glass smoking pipe located on her lap did belong to her.

“I asked the defendant what substance was in the small clear baggie to which she stated she believed it was ‘ICE,’ a common term for methamphetamine.

“I asked the defendant if she used the smoking pipe to smoke methamphetamine prior to law enforcement arrival, to which she stated she did not.”

Petrilak was arrested and during a search, a backup deputy “located a purple 305-cigarette carton containing a brown wax substance which presumptively tested positive for heroin.”

And there was something else.

Engine running, asleep at the wheel, her arrest report says, but no DUI charge
Leanne Renee Petrilak was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment, and 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, Jan. 26, 2024. (Sumter Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“While searching the defendant’s person for contraband before being transported to the detention center,” the arrest report said, “two white rounded pills with the markings 24/262 were located in the defendant’s right shorts pocket [and identified] as morphine, a Schedule 2 narcotic.

“I asked the defendant if she had a prescription for these pills located in her pocket, not in its prescribed container. The defendant advised she did not have a prescription, as the pills belong to her husband.”

Petrilak was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug equipment, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription: one for morphine and the other for heroin.

The 50-year-old was not charged with anything relating to the pickup, and was released from jail 13 hours after she was booked.

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