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Police say suspect tried to substitute urine for court-ordered drug test

| Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Uniontown woman faces charges after she was witnessed on Thursday warming a bottle of liquid in a Fayette County Courthouse restroom in what authorities said was an apparent effort to substitute someone else's urine for a court-ordered drug test.

According to city police, the 35-year-old woman allegedly ran a bottle of liquid under hot water in a sink and then attempted to present it to a probation officer as her own.

Police were dispatched to the county probation office in the Fayette County 911 building at 22 E. Main St. at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Adult probation officer Ryan DeLuca told police he was alerted that the woman was on her way to the office to provide the sample.

According to a police incident report filed by Officer John Kauer, the suspect was seen in the restroom “heating a bottle containing liquid by placing it in a stream of hot water.”

When confronted by DeLuca, the woman gave him a jar containing liquid she said came from a 12-year-old girl, and allegedly admitted that she planned to pass it off as her own.

The woman was taken to the police station, where she was read her rights and signed a waiver agreeing to make a statement, according to police.

She allegedly told police the girl had been at her home earlier in the day and that she asked the child to urinate into a cup. The woman then poured the urine into a plastic bottle and placed the bottle inside her bra.

The woman appeared before Judge John F. Wagner Jr. Thursday morning for a scheduled hearing to revoke her participation in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which allows nonviolent, first-time offenders to serve a term of probation and to have their criminal record expunged.

Wagner ordered the woman to the probation office to undergo drug testing.

She admitted to police she attempted to warm the false sample in the restroom, and used a thermometer she had in her purse to check the temperature, according to police. The digital thermometer and plastic bottle were confiscated.

Adult probation placed a 72-hour detainer on the woman, who had been serving a probationary term for a 2012 guilty plea to a charge of criminal mischief for property damage.

She remained in the county jail Friday morning.

The woman faces a charge of violating the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, police said. That charge had not been filed by Friday.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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