A 21-year-old Ocala woman is accused of leaving a bag of marijuana in a sheriff’s patrol car after being jailed on a DUI charge.
At around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy observed a brown car driven by Megan Lynn Wohler, of 3205 NE 44th Place, traveling west on East Highway 40 in Silver Springs. As the vehicle approached Highway 314, it swerved to the left and crossed the yellow lines, and then swerved to the right and crossed the white line, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The traffic light turned red before Wohler reached the intersection and she ran through it. She crossed the double yellow lines and stayed in the oncoming traffic lane for about 100 feet. Wohler then accelerated to about 80 mph in a 55-mph speed zone before the deputy conducted a traffic stop, the report said.
The deputy observed Wohler had bloodshot watery eyes and a flush complexion. She said she was trying to go home and got lost. Asked if she had consumed any alcohol, she said she did not. The deputy asked Wohler to get out of the vehicle and detected the odor of an intoxicating beverage on her breath, according to the report.
After failing a series of field sobriety exercises, Wohler was placed under arrest. She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where a breath-alcohol test came back with readings of .104 and .108, the report said.
Upon returning to the patrol car, the deputy detected the odor of marijuana. A search of the back seat turned up a small plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. The back seat area was searched prior to Wohler being in it, but she denied ownership of the baggie, according to the report.
Wohler was charged possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana in addition to DUI. She was released from jail later Thursday on $1,500 bond. No court information was available.