Woman driving 5 mph on Texas interstate pleads guilty for 160 pounds of marijuana
A woman who was found driving east on Interstate 20 in the Abilene, Texas, vicinity, at approximately five miles per hour on Christmas Day 2013, appeared in federal court on Oct. 31 and pled guilty to a federal felony drug offense, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Christini Lynn Brashear, 45, of Rocklin, California, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to an indictment charging one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. She faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.
According to documents filed in the case, on Dec. 25, 2013, the Abilene Police Department received multiple calls regarding a small sport utility vehicle that was on Interstate 20 traveling east at approximately five miles per hour. Officers found the vehicle parked on the shoulder of the highway with Brashear asleep at the wheel.
Officers called for emergency medical assistance for Brashear and advised her she was being taken to the hospital. She consented to an officer driving her car to the hospital to avoid having it towed, and she admitted using and possessing methamphetamine, which she turned over to the officers.
The officer driving Brashear’s vehicle noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and later confirmed that the smell was coming from several bags in the back that contained approximately 166 pounds of marijuana, individually bagged in one-pound clear plastic bags.