Driver caught inhaling nitrous-oxide charged with felonies

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RED HOOK – A Red Hook woman was arrested recently after police were dispatched to do a welfare check of a woman passed out in the driver’s seat of a car.  The 36-year-old woman is now facing felony charges for the March 28 incident.

Police officials say that a caller reported a woman passed out behind the wheel at the intersection of Morry and Hewlett Roads in the Town of Red Hook.

Responding officers answered the 2:15 p.m. call and made contact with the driver, now identified as Amber Pease.  She was witnessed inhaling nitrous oxide from a canister, known as a “whip-it.”

Officers then attempted to take Pease into custody and she resisted.  Once in custody, Pease was charged with the felonies of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving while ability impaired by drugs.  Pease has a previous DWI conviction.  The woman was also charged with the misdemeanors of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

She was processed and released on appearance tickets for a future court date.