Wednesday Dec 23 2009
Woman found passed out behind wheel of running car
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Prescription pills inside vehicle, report says
A woman was booked into jail after she was reportedly found passed out in her car with the engine running. Riane Marie Bernard, 21, a transient, was arrested on felony charges of transporting a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. She was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:05 p.m. at the Bel Air shopping center on the 22000 block of Grass Valley Highway in Auburn, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s report. A security guard reportedly found Bernard unconscious behind the wheel of her green 1993 Subaru wagon with the engine running. When emergency responders arrived, they came upon the same scene and also found a plate of white powder substance in her lap with a partial plastic pen tube in her hand, the report stated. A search of Bernard’s car revealed 11 suspected oxycontin pills, three suspected alprazolam pills, a digital scale with a white powder residue, a pill grinder with a white powder residue and 16 grams of marijuana, according to the report. As Bernard was being booked into Placer County Jail, deputies also allegedly found two additional oxycontin pills in her wallet, the report stated. Officials found that Bernard was under the influence of a narcotic and she reportedly told deputies, after being read her Miranda rights, that she had been snorting oxycontin, according to the report. Bernard remained in custody Wednesday on $50,000 bail. Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com.