Jacquelyn B. Monahan, 40, of Granville, was charged with the misdemeanors of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the second degree and possession of a hypodermic instrument, as well as the violations of operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, operation of a motor vehicle without financial security, operation of a motor vehicle with improper license plates, operation of a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate and a muffler exhaust system violation when a traffic stop was conducted in front of her Lions Lane residence.
While walking across the Church Street free parking lot, an officer heard and observed a vehicle with a loud exhaust traveling toward the intersection of North Street and Main Street, then taking a right turn onto Church Street.
Another officer standing by advised the responding officer that he observed the vehicle turn onto Lions Lane. Upon arrival, the officer observed Monahan exit her vehicle and walk toward her apartment building.
The officer conducted an out-of-vehicle traffic stop, requesting Monahan’s license, registration and proof of insurance of the vehicle. Monahan said her vehicle was parked in the parking lot and continued to walk toward her apartment door. Again, the officer advised Monahan to stop and that she was not free to leave.
At this point, the supervising officer arrived on scene and Monahan had gone to her car to retrieve the requested items. Monahan told the officers she didn’t have her license on her, so the responding officer asked if she had anything with her name on it. Monahan pulled a small bag out of a larger bag and opened it. Both officers observed a plastic bag with a white powdery substance. The responding officer questioned Monahan on what the substance was, and Monahan said she didn’t know while pushing the baggy down into the bigger bag.
The officer asked Monahan to hand the bag over, to which she said she didn’t know what he was talking about. The supervising officer opened the passenger side door and ordered Monahan to exit the vehicle. Monahan attempted to stuff the bag down into the seat where there were other bags and was ordered to stop. Monahan told the supervising officer it was baking soda and still refused to vacate the vehicle. Monahan took her hands from the bag area and started pushing her hands between the driver seat back cushion and seat cushion.
At this time, Monahan was taken out of her vehicle and placed in handcuffs. After identifying herself, Monahan said if anything found in the car was illegal, she didn’t know about it.
State Police arrived on scene to assist. A registration check of the plates on the vehicle found them to be expired and belonging to a black Chevrolet Avalanche, not a white Honda Civic.
A file check of Monahan revealed she had an active warrant through the Hudson Falls Village Police Department and a suspended license. The supervising officer observed in plain sight a corner twist baggy with a white substance inside where the AM/FM radio would be.
At this time, Monahan said she wanted a lawyer. Monahan was advised by the initial responding officer that she was under arrest and she was placed in the back of a patrol car and taken to the police station for processing.
The supervising officer conducted several NARK II tests on the items found in the small bag Monahan was observed trying to conceal. A scale with a white powdery substance tested positive for cocaine, as well as the glass crack cocaine smoking device, spoon and plastic bag.
Also located in the bag was an uncapped hypodermic needle. Two glassine envelopes were also found with an unknown substance and were sent to the State Police lab for testing. After being processed, Monahan was transferred to Hudson Falls Village Police Department to be arraigned on the active warrant she had through their department.
Monahan was ordered to appear in Granville Village Court on July 20.