A North Vernon woman is facing charges after she was found passed-out in a school parking lot. Sgt. Andrew Richmond, spokesman for the North Vernon Police Department, says that on Thursday, April 19th, Officer Mike Holliday responded to a report of a driver passed out behind the wheel of a mini van in the back parking lot of North Vernon Elementary School.
Richmond says the call began when 32-year-old Frantisca Delpapa was noticed by school employees slumped down behind the wheel of her running van. Officers arrived and were told she had been in the parking lot for about five minutes. Officer Holliday made contact with Delpapa and reported seeing signs of drug intoxication. Police searched Delpapas van and reported finding a concealed glass methamphetamine smoking pipe and a marijuana cigarette. A search warrant was obtained for a blood sample in the course of the investigation.
Delpapa was then arrested and taken to the Jennings County Jail. As she was being booked, jail staff reported finding that Delpapa had a hidden metal tin in her clothing that contained eight prescription pills identified as Clonazapam, a schedule 4 controlled substance. Delpapa is facing the following preliminary charges:
1. Trafficking with an Inmate (a controlled substance) – level 5 felony
2. Possession of a Controlled Substance – level 6 felony
3. Possession of a Legend Drug – level 6 felony
4. Possession of Methamphetamine – level 6 felony
5. Possession of Marijuana – A misdemeanor
6. Possession of Paraphernalia – A misdemeanor
7. Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated – A misdemeanor
8. Public Intoxication – B misdemeanor
The investigation is ongoing.