LAND O'LAKES — By all accounts, Stacy Renee Slabach should not have been behind the wheel that day. Her dismal driving history already covered seven pages in the state's official records, including four DUIs — two in the same week. In 2010, her license was suspended forever.
So when a Pasco sheriff's deputy stopped her two weeks ago for driving 12 mph over the speed limit on State Road 54 in her mother's Hyundai Elantra, Slabach went to jail. She was booked on a charge of driving with a revoked license.
Deputies impounded the car and everything inside. Her mother's purse with prescription bottles were kept for evidence.
Slabach, 33, was released on $5,000 bail three days later. On Tuesday, her mother drove to the jail complex to retrieve her prescription pills. Slabach rode with her. She went to use a bathroom. Several minutes passed. An employee went to check on her, opened the door and found Slaback using a syringe to inject liquefied cocaine, a sheriff's report states.
Deputies found a crack pipe, marijuana and a small amount of crack cocaine on Slabach, who was incoherent, said sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow, adding, "We usually don't have cases where we find people shooting up drugs in our agency's public restrooms."
They arrested her and took her to the jail, about 50 yards away.
Slabach, of 4946 Thames Place in Lutz, already had an extensive record for drugs in Hillsborough County. The new charges include four counts of possessing drugs and paraphernalia. She remained in jail Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $5,450 bail.
Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report. Contact Alex Orlando at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6247.