Tinisha Delong

Springfield woman accused of passing out in car with 19 grams of meth

Springfield police allegedly they found a woman passed out behind the wheel of a running car and with drugs, guns and money in it.

Tinisha Delong, 33, of Springfield, has been charged in Clark County Municipal Court with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, OVI and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. Springfield police alleged they found her at a gas station on East Main Street on Friday morning in a running car with more than 19 grams of crystal meth in the car.

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“Ms. Delong was slumped over the driver seat and into the passenger seat,” a police affidavit says.

Officers said they tried to wake her by knocking on the car’s window but couldn’t get her attention. Officers then attempted a side door, which they found to be unlocked, the affidavit says.

“Upon opening the vehicle door Officer Sullivan removed the keys to the ignition and placed them on the hood,” the affidavit says. “Officer Sullivan could detect a strong odor of alcohol emanating from within the vehicle.”

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The officer allegedly found a small black lock box in the floorboard of the car. The lock box is commonly used for storing handguns, the affidavit says. The officer attempted to wake Delong again and this time she responded, the report says.

Delong allegedly told officers that she didn’t do drugs but did drink alcohol earlier in the day. The affidavit says Delong refused to do a field sobriety test or submit to a breath test and was arrested for OVI.

As officers checked her vehicle, they allegedly found a loaded Jennings Model J-22 firearm, $325, a plastic bag with suspected 18.1 grams of crystal meth, another bag with 1.1 grams of suspected crystal meth, a scale and a glass pipe with residue, according to the affidavit.

Delong pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning and a judge set her bond at $30,000.

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