Ohio woman facing DUI, drug, child endangerment charges in Ritchie County

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HARRISVILLE, W.Va. – An Ohio woman was arrested in Ritchie County after deputies said she was driving with a 7-year-old in the vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

On Monday May 6, deputies with the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department performed a traffic stop on a Ford truck in Harrisville after witnessing the driver not wearing a seatbelt.

Deputies said the driver was identified as Melissa Blair, 41, of Lower Salem, Ohio. A 7-year old child was also in the truck, according to state police. Upon being asked to exit her vehicle, deputies witnessed Blair remove a small tin container from her pocket and put it behind her back.

Deputies then opened the container and located two pills inside, which Blair identified as Vicodin and Klonopin. Deputies also located a bag of a crystal-like substance which Blair identified as meth, according to court documents. A snorting straw and bong were then located in Blair’s purse, deputies said.

Blair admitted to deputies that she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day, according to state police. Deputies said Blair’s eyes were glassy, her pupils were constricted and her speech was slowed. Blair then failed multiple field sobriety tests, deputies said.

Blair has been charged with driving while under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment, according to court documents. She is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail and her bail has been set at $25,000.

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