Woman accused driving while high on pot with kids in the car in Clark County


A Columbus woman is facing charges in Clark County accused of driving while being high on marijuana with a child in her vehicle.

Gail Wortham, 43, was charged with endangering children in Clark County Municipal Court. She pleaded not guilty and her bond was set at $1,000.

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Enon police began their investigation when an officer saw a grey vehicle traveling south on Enon Road with its emergency flashers on and going much slower than the 45 mph speed limit, according to an affidavit filed with the charges. The vehicle was causing traffic to back up behind it, the affidavit says.

The car pulled into a gas station where an officer learned through a computer that the driver had a suspended license, the affidavit says. The officer made contact with the driver who said she was driving on the interstate when a tire on her vehicle lost a lot of tread.

“While speaking with her I could also smell a strong odor of marijuana emitting from her vehicle,” the affidavit says. “I asked Mrs. Worthman about the marijuana I was smelling and she stated that there was a small amount in the vehicle and she smokes pretty much all day every day.”

The officer also saw that Wortham had bloodshot eyes and her mouth was dry, the affidavit says.

“I also observed Mrs. Wortham had two juvenile males in the vehicle as well,” the affidavit says.

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The officer said he found marijuana in the car and Wortham failed a field sobriety test. Wortham was arrested at the scene, the affidavit says, while the boys were picked up by a family friend.



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