A Safford police officer on patrol on Friday, June 21, 2019 at approximately 12:30 AM noticed a black Ford F150 fail to signal when making a right-hand turn. The truck continued to a stop sign at 5th Avenue and 8th Street and crossed the stop bar with both front wheels before coming to a stop. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the female driver, who was apparently known to the officer through prior police contact. There were two other occupants in the car who were also known to the officer through prior police contact. According to the police report, all three occupants of the vehicle have had numerous police contact involving drug activity.
The female driver told the officer that she did not have her driver’s license with her but provided the vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance. While speaking with the driver, the officer noticed that her speech was slightly slurred and mumbled. He observed a large abscess on her forearm as well as heavy scarring with track marks and fresh injection sights to her arms and hands.
The officer ran checks on the woman and the two occupants and discovered that the woman’s driver’s license had been suspended.
The officer asked the driver to get out of the car and asked her when she last used heroin. The woman admitted that she had used it ‘about four days ago.’ After performing poorly on a field sobriety test, she was arrested for Aggravated DUI and transported to the Safford Police Station for a blood draw. She was then released from custody and requested a ride to a local bar.