Nov. 9, 2017 – Washington Co., WI – Washington County Sheriff’s report a 34-year-old Neenah woman had a circuit court hearing scheduled at 2:45 p.m. last Thursday, Nov. 2 on charges of possession of a narcotic drug without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The defendant’s attorney appeared in court and told the presiding judge she had no idea why her client was not present. The judge then issued a bench warrant for the defendant for failure to appear and ordered the $400 bond forfeited.
At the end of the court-scheduled work day, deputies conducted security sweeps to clear out the courthouse. At about 4:40 p.m. a deputy entered a darkened jury assembly room only to find an intoxicated woman “sleeping” in the corner.
As you can only imagine she was identified as the 34-year-old woman that missed her court scheduled appearance nearly two hours before.
A preliminary breath test revealed she had a blood alcohol level of .20. The investigation also revealed she arrived about one hour before her scheduled court hearing and went into unoccupied room where she either passed out or fell asleep.
Since the courts had closed for the day the deputies arrested her on the outstanding bench warrant and made certain she did not miss her next appearance the following day.