A woman is facing charges after police say she was seen smoking meth in a McDonald’s parking lot.
To make matters worse, a 14-year-old child was in the car at the time, police say.
Brandie Lea Triplett of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, faces one count of meth-related crimes involving children, one count of possessing meth and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
The alleged incident occurred on the afternoon of Nov. 8.
According to a criminal complaint, Lino Lakes police were called to the McDonald’s on a report of a woman “smoking drugs” with a child in the car. The caller gave the woman’s license; the number was registered to Triplett.
By the time police got to the McDonald’s, Triplett was gone. The caller, however, was still there, and said that he was parked next to the car with Triplett’s license and clearly saw a woman doing drugs.
As CBS Minnesota reports, police then went to Triplett’s home and told her about the complaint. The 38-year-old woman admitted to being at McDonald’s but denied doing drugs, the complaint states.
Police noted that Triplett appeared to be intoxicated. An active warrant was out for her arrest in Wright County; an officer arrested her. Police conducted a search of her vehicle, during which they found two glass pipes with meth residue and a baggie containing 1.2 grams of meth.
If convicted of the charges, Triplett faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of more than $20,000.