A Little Falls woman, Chelsea Talley, 30, was charged with DWI, a gross misdemeanor, after a preliminary breath test indicated she had a .257 BAC and felony drug possession related to a Jan. 14 incident in Onamia.
According to the complaint, a Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an incident in Onamia where the reporting party was assisting in pulling a van from a ditch.
The reporting party told law enforcement that the driver appeared intoxicated and had open alcohol containers in the vehicle.
The deputy later located the van on 280th Street, which was driving over white roadway lines and into the snow.
According to the complaint, after the deputy stopped the vehicle and made contact with the driver, the driver had “great difficulty” locating her identification.
The driver was identified as Chelsea Talley, who said she was driving to Wisconsin even though she was headed in the opposite direction.
The deputy observed Talley having bloodshot and watery eyes along with slurred speech.
The deputy also detected an odor of alcohol and observed a bottle of alcohol in the vehicle’s center console.
Talley denied drinking but exhibited numerous signs of impairment after performing a field sobriety test.
Talley submitted to a preliminary breath test which indicated a .257 BAC.
Officers searched Talley’s purse and located a pill bottle with someone else’s name on it which contained a Schedule IV controlled substance. Officers also located two clear baggies containing 99 pills identified as methadone. Officers also located two open bottles of alcohol in the front of the vehicle.
Talley was transported to the Mille Lacs County jail where a breath test was administered to her which indicated a .22 BAC.
Talley is charged with felony third-degree drugs which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and/or a $250,000 fine.
Talley is also charged with to two gross misdemeanor DWIs, operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operate a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .08 within two hours which both carry a maximum sentence of 365 days in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.
Talley also faces an open bottle law misdemeanor charge which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine.