Franklin Woman Crashes Car in Cranberry Township; Accused of DUI with Four-Year-Old in Vehicle

| May 18, 2018

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin woman who was found passed out in her car and later crashed the vehicle with her four-year-old child as a passenger is facing DUI and child endangerment charges.

Court documents indicate the Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 26-year-old Emily Jane Nelson, of Franklin.

According to a criminal complaint, around 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, Trooper Kephart responded to a medical call in the Walmart parking lot in Cranberry Township for an unresponsive female passed out in her vehicle.

When Trooper Kephart arrived, EMS was on scene administering care. The woman, later identified as Emily Nelson, was transported to UPMC for medical treatment.

Nelson was found to be in possession of marijuana, unknown white pills, and drug paraphernalia.

According to police, later that day – around 8:16 p.m. – Nelson was involved in an accident on U.S. 322 in Cranberry Township with her four-year-old child in the vehicle.

Upon investigation of the crash, Nelson was suspected of DUI and taken to UPMC Northwest for a blood test.

Lab analysis confirmed that Nelson was under the influence of amphetamine, methamphetamine, 11-hydroxy Delta-9 THC, Delta-9 Carboxy THC, Delta-9 THC, Buprenorphine, and Norbuprenorphine, according to the complaint.

The following charges were filed against Nelson on Friday, May 11, in Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey’s office:

– Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Misdemeanor 1
– DUI: Controlled Substance – Schedule 1 – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– DUI: Controlled Substance-Impaired Ability – 1st Offense, Misdemeanor
– Intentional Possession Controlled Substance By Person Not Registered, Misdemeanor
– Marijuana-Small Amt Personal Use, Misdemeanor
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Summary
– Disregard Traffic Lane (Single), Summary
– Careless Driving, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, with Judge Lowrey presiding.

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