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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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  • All of the soldiers in the civil war were American soldiers. They all deserve remembrance and honor! The flag of the Confederacy is part of american history and should remembered as such. However it does not represent anything more then what is was! “Was” is in the past tense and it belongs in the past! We are long past the healing process and such an emblem does not belong on any public property being flown as a flag. Other then a remembrance above a cemetery it doesn’t do anyone any honor. But having said that I treasure as you should the ability to fly this flag on my private property if I so wish, but I don’t but you may and I respect that!

    Monday, 14 September 2015, 8:15 pm
  • If you have a confederate flag on your jeep, truck, house, etc, you’re either ignorant of your own history or a racist.

    There are lots of great things about the south, you can’t find a symbol that isn’t disgusting?

    Especially that flag, the battle flag used to go into battle and kill US soldiers.

    Saturday, 11 April 2015, 10:42 am
  • I think u need to leave me out of it who cares what I have on my jeep or the bumper sticker that was put on for a picture only dumb ass I had nothing to do with any of it so before u put people down think bout what u do wrong first !

    Saturday, 11 April 2015, 6:10 am
  • I think this flag was for her BF JC !! who has a jeep with this flag as the front plate & to top it off a bumper sticker “I Love Crack Whores” WOW!!!!!!

    Thursday, 9 April 2015, 9:59 pm
  • Blame it on the deputy, really. This isn’t the last time you will see her mug, I’m sure. Sadly the the system will not her either. If hernando and citrus had the same laws as other countries.Like firing squad, our jails would be emty, just saying! These people get out and do it all over again because the conciquences are stiff enough.

    Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 5:51 am
  • Funny how everybody goes to the next post!!! LMAO!!!!

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 8:57 pm
  • …………………..just like they say on the T.V. “A Winner Never Stops Proving It!!!!!!” Looks like a “loser never stops proving it either. Sad she was never taught better, which on a related note is why kids are like computers, garbage in, garbage out. Here’s your proof.

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 4:31 pm
  • What is really a shame is the fact that she apparently has a child, or children, since she claimed the pills belonged to the babysitter.

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 2:28 pm
  • She had her chance to change during her last several convictions now she is just plain stupid.

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 1:14 pm
  • Number 1 She is not a dirt bag. She has had problems for yrs. That were never addressed and most likely as a young adult. She needs long term treatment and also answer to her pending charges. I don’t believe in writing someone off if there is a chance of change. Just my pain opinion.

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 10:36 am
    • Pray she gets help! However, when posters on here start attacking HCSO for just doing their job, it raises the hair on the back of the necks of law bidding citizens! We pay the HCSO to enforce the law through our taxes and we expect they do what they are being paid to do!

      Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 12:15 pm
    • Maybe she’s a great person, a philanthropist. But she coulda killed your family. Or mine. The cops did their job and probably saved someone’s life.

      Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 2:45 pm
  • Dirt Bag, She will be doing real time one day

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 8:00 am
  • Punisher:lol just a suggestion..if u are going to complain about someone’s spelling etc., then perhaps you should go back and correct your post. You have written “there”, instead of “their”. LOL

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 6:48 am
  • Well thank you Deputy for getting this scum off the streets before she killed someone, why she wasnt charged with DUI is my question, driving under the influence of drugs since she was not able to stay in her lane and then not do field sobriety test?

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 10:28 pm
  • Thank you mr. Deputy for getting this scum off the streets before she killed someone.

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 9:16 pm
  • False : u need to go back to elementary school and learn some grammar. Fyi with a history like this she should get the gas chamber maybe then the trash will learn from there first lesson.

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 9:03 pm
  • Oh sure, “BLAME IT ON A COP”!! Must be another “druggie friend” OR “mommy/daddy” commenting!!! Go ahead, throw more money down the drain bailing her out of jail, that will make her all better from her ADDICTIONS!!!

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 9:02 pm
  • So the girl with BURGLERY charges, DUI, and DRUG charges is truthful?, and the deputies are wrong?, really?, are you that stupid?

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 8:59 pm
  • This one will not learn, She is above the law!! But she will have 5 to 7 years too think about her kids growing up with out her!!

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 8:27 pm
  • this girl needs mental help after she gets out of rehab,she is on the road of all around her.

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 8:00 pm

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 7:43 pm
    • What are you talking about???

      Monday, 6 April 2015, 8:20 pm
    • I guess the court will decide! I doubt that this was the same officer that arrested her for ALL her previous CONVICTIONS PS Learn English grammar!!

      Monday, 6 April 2015, 8:31 pm
    • If she wasn’t swerving and didn’t have pills in her care, she’d be fine. The babysitters’! That’s a good one!

      Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 2:43 pm
  • Wow really. What a waste

    Monday, 6 April 2015, 7:40 pm

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