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A Vernal Police Officer Sent To A Welfare Check Of A female Slouched Over Inside Her Vehicle

Posted by Travis Uresk | May 3rd, 2023 | Drugs |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.- On 4/6/23, Officer Roth was dispatched to a welfare check at the Silver Pines Apartment Complex of a female slumped over inside a vehicle that had been there for a period of time.

When the Officer arrived at the apartment complex, he located the described vehicle in the parking lot. He approached the vehicle on the driver's side and saw an adult female slumped over in the driver's position with the vehicle running.

Officer Roth knocked on the driver's side window, trying to get the woman's attention, and she startled and came to and opened the driver's door to speak with the Officer.

Officer Roth asked her about her welfare, and she stated that she had just fallen asleep waiting for her daughter, and lives at the apartment complex.

Officer Roth noted, "Her skin was pale, and her mannerisms were lethargic, slow to respond to questions, and spoke very softly." He suspected she might be under the influence of a controlled substance and asked if she would consent to some field sobriety tests, and she agreed.

"I conducted Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, noting that her eyes were equal and her pupils were extremely constricted. No other Nystagmus was noted.

She performed both a walk and turn test and one a leg stand and failed both tests with multiple clues. She had difficulty maintaining her balance while doing the tests."

Officer Roth inquired about her potential drug use, and she admitted that she had used heroin.

During the search of the vehicle, the Officer found some tin foil with a black tar substance consistent with heroin. The 35-year-old Shae Leena Smith told Officer Roth she had a controlled substance hidden in her bra.

While Shae was being searched at the Uintah County Jail, more paraphernalia was found. She had heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.


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