Mankato woman faces drug, DWI charges after allegedly passing out behind steering wheel
WORTHINGTON — Charges were filed this week against a pregnant woman that was reportedly discovered passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle left in “drive” at a Worthington business.
According to court documents, law enforcement was requested after 9 p.m. May 5 at the Blue Line Travel Plaza for a report of a female passed out in the front driver’s seat. The complainant reportedly put the vehicle in “park” and removed the keys from the ignition before law enforcement arrived. Upon arrival, law enforcement identified the driver as Lisa R. Joens, 35, of north Mankato.
A Nobles County deputy asked Joens, who reported being four months pregnant, to exit the vehicle to perform field sobriety testing after observing alcoholic beverages on the passenger seat.
As Joens began stepping out of the vehicle she allegedly attempted to hide something between the seats, but denied it, the complaint states.
During a search of the vehicle, the deputy allegedly discovered marijuana, methamphetamine, medications and hypodermic needles that tested positive for heroin. She denied ownership.
The complaint states Joens fell asleep while the deputy completed paperwork to obtain a blood draw search warrant. A blood sample was drawn and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.
Upon booking into the Nobles County Jail, Joens allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and THC.
She has been charged with two counts of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of more than one-quarter grams of marijuana in a vehicle and DWI — controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor.
She was released on bail, which was set at $1,000 with conditions or $6,000 without.