Little Falls woman charged with possession and DWIs

Penny Elizabeth Mary Witucki, 51, Little Falls, was charged Aug. 6, in the Morrison County District Court, with one felony count of fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and two gross misdemeanor counts  of DWI.

On Aug. 5, the Minnesota State Patrol learned of a vehicle swerving over lane lines on westbound Highway 27. A trooper located the vehicle and followed it. The vehicle turned onto Seventh Street Southwest, Little Falls, and came to a stop in the middle of the southbound lane.

The trooper made contact, identifying Witucki. He allegedly noticed she was jittery and was rocking back and forth in her seat. He said she was also rubbing her lips together and smacking them.

According to the criminal complaint, Witucki said she didn’t know why she stopped in the traffic lane and that she had just left a funeral and was on her way to visit a friend. She allegedly said she was taking the prescription drug Gabapentin and had not consumed any alcohol nor any other drugs. She allegedly agreed to participate in a field sobriety test and she failed. The result of her breath test  was 0.00.

Witucki was placed under arrest for DWI and during an inventory of her vehicle, the officer allegedly found bags containing a methamphetamine pipe, a crystalline substance and one with eight white pills later identified as methylin, a schedule II controlled substance. Also found was a marijuana pipe as well as two bags with a small amount of marijuana each.

While at the Morrison County Jail, Witucki said she wished to contact an attorney. When she was finished, she allegedly said she would take a urine test which was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.

A routine check of Witucki’s driving record indicated she was convicted for refusing an implied consent test in November 2004.

If convicted, Witucki faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

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