(Gillette, Wyo.) On July 6th, 50 year old Christine Ness was stopped by Gillette Police
on 2nd Street for
repeatedly failing to use her turn signal. Before being stopped, officers
also noticed she was not wearing her seat belt.
While issuing Ness a ticket for not wearing her seat belt, a K9 unit from
the Campbell County Sheriff's Office arrived and indicated on the Dodge
Stratus Ness was driving may have a controlled substance inside. The three
children under the age of 8 that were in Ness's car were removed and a
search was conducted.
A half gram of marijuana was allegedly found in the driver's bag in the
front seat, but in the back seat, in a bag containing towels and children's
bathing suits, a glass pipe was found with suspected methamphetamine.
When asked about the drugs, Ness said she owned the marijuana but not the
meth. The bag with the pipe in it had been given to her by a friend, after
she was asked to take the children swimming.
Ness is currently being held in the Campbell County Detention Center on
$4000 bond. She waived her preliminary hearing this morning and her case
will be transferred to District Court. The charges against her are three
felony child endangerment counts, each with a possible 5 year prison
sentence, and two counts of possession, both misdemeanors, with a possible
1 year prison sentence.