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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Police: woman sleeping in car on road faces drug charges

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A Hernando County sheriff's deputy suspected drugs might be involved when he saw a half-naked woman sleeping in a parked car with the engine still running in the middle of a road.

At the east end of Sun Road where the road comes to an end, the deputy shined his flashlight inside and saw Christi Lyne Brackens, 30, looking at him.

According to an arrest affidavit, she then grabbed a small brown purse from the center console and threw it under the passenger's side seat.

After Brackens got dressed, she told the deputy she was arguing with her boyfriend who lives nearby and drove her vehicle to the dead end to calm down, the report states.

"I then asked Christi what was in the small brown purse," the deputy wrote.

"I don't know," she answered, according to the report.

The deputy said he then noticed two small white tablets on the floorboard inside the car.

"Christi would not answer me when I asked her what the tablets were," he wrote.

She also did not give him consent to search her vehicle when asked, the report shows, but the deputy searched the car anyway because he saw the pills on the floorboard, and because Brackens put the brown purse under the driver's seat, according to the report.

The deputy retrieved the purse and found four syringes and a cut plastic straw, and also found a small plastic bag with methamphetamine powder and partially crushed Diazepam tablets, according to the report.

"She advised me that she has a meth addiction," the deputy wrote.

Brackens was arrested on one drug possession charge and two counts of possession of drug equipment. She was being held at the Hernando County Jail on $6,000 bond.

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