TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Frankfort woman has been charged after authorities say she was found passed out behind the wheel in a Lafayette intersection.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington charged 37-year-old Kelly Griggs with unlawful possession of a syringe (two counts), operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance.
On Monday, Lafayette police were called to the intersection of Earl Avenue and Ferry Street on a report of someone passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle, which was blocking the intersection. When officers arrived, they found the car impeding traffic and located Griggs inside it.
Witnesses told police they saw the car drive into the middle of the intersection and stop, then it rolled backwards some to the location where officers found it.
Court documents state Griggs appeared impaired. She was being slow in her movements and didn’t seem to understand her car was improperly parked. Officers said her speech was “thick-tongued” and her pupils were constricted.
Griggs admitted using heroin about 30 minutes prior to police making contact with her, according to court documents. Multiple syringes were also located in the vehicle.
Paperwork continues to say, Griggs’ behavior became more lethargic as time went on. While trying to conduct a sobriety field test, officers on scene thought she was going to lose consciousness.
Griggs was taken to Franciscan Health Lafayette East Hospital for further examination. Once cleared she was taken to Tippecanoe County Jail, where jail staff located another syringe.
She has a prior conviction for possession of a syringe out of Boone County from July 2014.