Confederate Flag Bandit Jailed Again – This Time on Drug Charges
BROOKSVILLE – Less than a week after being released on charges of Burglary, for allegedly trying to steal a Confederate Flag, 29-year-old Laura Marie Welsh was charged again; this time for possessing drugs and violating driving restrictions (ORIGINAL REPORT).
According to officials, deputies observed Welsh driving on Cortez Blvd, where she failed to maintain her lane from Sunshine Grove Road, eastbound to Mobley Road. Deputy Vincent Mascitelli conducted a traffic stop at that intersection, where Welsh told him that she had just come from Taco Bell and was trying to eat, which she says explained her erratic driving. She went on to say that she was hypoglycemic, which exacerbated her driving behavior.
When asked if she had anything to drink, Welsh replied that she had four beers around 6:00 pm.
During the interview, Dep. Mascitelli asked if she was under the influence of drugs or had anything illegal in her car. She replied “no” to both questions.
Dep. Mascitelli asked Welsh to conduct a battery of field sobriety tests, but she was unable to follow instructions due to what she says was her “hypoglycemia.” EMS was dispatched to the scene, where she was cleared of any medical related conditions.
While looking through the window of the vehicle, Dep. Mascitelli observed a baggie filled with little yellow pill bars. When he asked Welsh if she knew what kind of pills they were, she hesitated and then said “The babysitters… But I don’t have a prescription for them.”
Upon retrieval, the pills were identified as Alprazolam (2mg) a schedule III drug.
After a check of Welsh’ Driver’s license, it was revealed restriction of driving for business purposes only. When asked if she worked for Taco Bell, she replied “No, I was coming from a friend’s house.”
Welsh was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Violating the Restrictions of her Driver’s License.
Welsh is free on a $2,500 bond.
It should be noted that Welsh was arrested 2007 on Grand Theft and Fraud Charges and again in 2010 on charges of DUI, Providing False ID, Driving on a Suspended License, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
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