Woman arrested on drug, traffic charges
A Georgia woman detained on multiple charges, including drug charges, acted erratically and even tried to eat materials used to smoke crack cocaine when she was pulled over by officers, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Yvonne Rene Mitchell, 50, of Old Sunbury Road in Hinesville, Ga., was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, disregarding a stop sign, failure to comply and open container. She was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where she remained on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened about 9 p.m. Saturday on Edgefield Avenue in Aiken, according to a report. An officer saw Mitchell disregard a stop sign at Greenville Street and Edgefield Avenue and pulled the vehicle over.
Mitchell immediately jumped out of the car after the officer pulled her over and “was so excited she was hardly able to control herself,” according to the report. After she returned to her vehicle and gave the officer her license and insurance card, she continued to watch the officer from the driver’s side window.
When asked why she was so excited, Mitchell responded that she “just doesn’t like police,” according to the report.
An open beer was visible on the passenger’s seat, and officers asked Mitchell to exit the car while they searched it, according to the report. When asked about drugs, Mitchell grabbed her jacket and refused to follow officers’ commands to put her hands on the trunk.
Mitchell began moving “all over” in an attempt to get away from officers, who were trying to restrain her, according to the report. She was then handcuffed.
During a search of Mitchell, officers found a tissue filled with copper wool, commonly used as a screen for crack pipes, and placed it on the trunk of the car, according to the report. In another pocket was a cigarette case with a brown metal crack pipe in it containing copper wool on one end.
Mitchell reportedly tried to eat the copper wool and was moved to the front of the patrol car, where she remained uncooperative, the report stated.
During the search, Mitchell tried to get away from the officer and was seen grabbing a clear plastic bag from the bottom of her shirt where an item fell from her bra, according to the report. The bag contained a quantity of a yellow and white rock substance believed to be crack cocaine.
The officer put the item on the hood of the patrol car and Mitchell tried to blow the contraband off, according to the report. Some of it was blown off but enough remained to be secured.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.