Woman pleads not guilty to meth
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
February 9, 2010 · Updated 12:41 PM
A 41-year-old Oak Harbor woman’s wedding night ended badly last November.
According to court records, she was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and driving under the influence on the way home from a night in a bridal suite. Her new husband was arrested on an alleged felony warrant from another state, but was released without charges after sitting in jail for 18 days and losing his job.
Laura Lewis’ bad luck continued when prosecutors charged her in Island County Superior Court Jan. 19 with possession of meth and DUI.
She pleaded not guilty Feb. 1.
Early in the morning of Nov. 1, Washington State Trooper Thomas Arnold made a traffic stop on a vehicle that exited an Oak Harbor hotel and headed north on Highway 20.
Lewis was driving the car while her husband was in the passenger seat. They told the trooper that they had been married the previous day and were just going home after a night in the hotel.
The trooper, however, suspected that Lewis was under the influence and performed roadside sobriety tests on her, the report shows.
He arrested her on suspicion of DUI. Lewis admitted that she had meth in her purse and the trooper seized it, the report states.
Both Lewis and her husband indicated that they had used meth that morning at the hotel, the report states.
Lewis, if convicted of the charges, could face up to a year in jail under the standard sentencing range.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.