A Florida woman who allegedly drew attention to herself by attempting to start fights at a Rosemount business April 11 has been charged with felony drug possession and gross misdemeanor driving while impaired.
Rosemount police arrested Christina J. Wetch, 30, shortly after 1:15 a.m. after receiving reports of an intoxicated driver who had been trying to pick fights. Police found the car and stopped it for the presence of an item hanging from the rearview mirror.
According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the driver, identified as Wetch, smelled strongly of alcohol and seemed unable to concentrate on her conversation with the officer. She told police she had picked her brother up at a local bar, then changed her mind and said she had dropped her brother off. A passenger in the car -- not Wetch's brother -- told police Wetch was drunk and said he had tried to get her not to drive. He got into the car with her, he said, to "keep her from doing anything too stupid or driving too poorly."
Police found .57 grams of cocaine in Wetch's purse.
Wetch was convicted of driving under the influence in May of 2004 and again in October of 2007. If convicted on a fifth-degree drug charge she could face up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The DUI charge has a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000.
By Nathan Hansen