Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Report: New Port Richey woman told deputy she was high, tried to drive with kids

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 43-year-old woman was arrested Monday after, reports say, she admitted to being high then got in her car with two children and tried to drive away — all in front of a deputy.

The deputy was at Gina Marie Rossel's home with child protective investigators who were looking into an allegation of child abuse, a Pasco sheriff's report states.

The deputy smelled marijuana and wrote that Rossel was forthcoming and said she'd smoked pot in the last hour and a half. The deputy went outside to speak with investigators then watched as Rossel walked out of the home and got into her car with two children. The report does not specify her relationship to them.

Rossel pulled out of the driveway of 7832 Cayuga Drive and turned onto the street where the deputy quickly flagged her down, the report states.

The deputy had Rossel get out of the car, which she left in the middle of the street with the children inside. She failed a field sobriety test, the report states.

The deputy arrested Rossel on charges of driving under the influence and child neglect.

Rossel remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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