SPARTA — A Sparta resident was arrested on drug related charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 390, Livingston County authorities said.
On Saturday, Deputy Shawn Whitford stopped a vehicle on the Interstate 390 for a traffic law violation.
The driver, Christina M. Beechler, 41, of Sparta was suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs by the deputy, who requested Deputy Michael Phillips of the Sheriff’s Office STOP DWI Unit to respond to the scene to conduct a DWAI drug investigation.
The investigating Deputies also found that Beechler was in possession of marijuana along with smoking devices. At the conclusion of the roadside investigation, Beechler was taken into custody for driving while ability impaired.
Beechler was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where Deputy Matthew Thomas, who is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), conducted an evaluation on Beechler. It was the Deputy Sheriff’s expert opinion that Beechler was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic, a central nervous system depressant, and cannabis and that she could not operate a vehicle safely. Beechler did also provide a urine sample that will be sent to the lab for analysis.
Beechler was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, driving while ability impaired by a combination of drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Beechler was issued appearance tickets and will answer to the charges in the Town of Avon Court at a later date.
Also assisting with the investigation was Deputy Matthew Moran of the Patrol Division and Deputy Vittoria DiNitto of the Jail Division.