Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Charges for Franklin Woman

| October 23, 2019

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin woman is behind bars after a traffic stop led to the discovery of multiple individual wrapped baggies of marijuana in her vehicle.

Court documents indicate the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 22-year-old Asia Charday Hall, of Franklin.

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:00 p.m. on October 16, Lieutenant Ashbaugh and Patrolman Johnson, of the Sugarcreek Borough Police, observed a vehicle traveling on State Route 8 at a high rate of speed and got behind the vehicle. The complaint notes they paced the vehicle and found it was traveling 67 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.

While following the vehicle, the officers observed that when the vehicle drifted to the right of the fog line while going around a left curve and also drifted within its own lane several times.

The complaint notes the officers activated their emergency lights after the vehicle pulled into Kwik Fill. Lt. Ashbaugh then approached the vehicle.

According to the complaint, while approaching, Lt. Ashbaugh noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, and saw that all of the vehicle’s windows were down, despite the temperature being 45 degrees with rain off and on.

Lt. Ashbaugh then made contact with the driver, Asia Hall. He advised her that she was stopped for speeding, and noted the the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He asked if she had marijuana on her, and Hall allegedly stated she had “maybe an ounce,” and pulled a small bag of marijuana from under her left leg and handed it to Lt. Ashbaugh.

Hall was then asked to step out of the vehicle. According to the complaint, she then began rolling up the windows and stated the officers needed a warrant. Lt. Ashbaugh then opened the door and attempted to pull Hall from the vehicle.

The complaint notes Hall “repeatedly kept reaching in the area of her waistband,” despite being told to stop doing so and get out of the car.

After Hall was placed in custody, a search incident to arrest was completed and a book bag was located in the front passenger seat which contained five individual wrapped baggies of marijuana weighing 19.4 grams, 18.6 grams, 9.7 grams, 3.0 grams, and 1.5 grams respectively. The complaint notes they were NIK tested and tested positive as marijuana.

Ptlm. Johnson administered standard filed sobriety tests to Hall and found that she was under the influence, according to the complaint.

Hall allegedly also grabbed a small black rectangular item from her waistband and threw it into the woods. According to the complaint, when questioned, she stated it was a scale.

She was then transported to the Sugarcreek Borough Police Station. The complaint notes that when Hall was asked to step out of the police vehicle at the station, she got out of the vehicle and turned and ran away.

According to the complaint, Hall had removed one of the cuffs while in the vehicle.

Hall was then ordered to stop running several times and was finally tased after refusing to stop.

The complaint notes Hall also made statements that “if she would have made the bushes, she would have been gone,” and said she “had to try to get away because she was going to jail for a long time.”

Hall was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 10:45 p.m. on October 16, on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Escape, Felony 3
– Use/Poss Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforcement, Misdemeanor 2
– Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence, Misdemeanor 2

She was lodged in the Venango County Jail and denied bail, with the bail action reason listed as “Flight Risk. Escaped from custody.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, with Judge Lowrey presiding.

Venango County Court of Common Pleas – Court Summary (Public Document) – Asia Hall

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