Police say suspect tried to substitute urine for court-ordered drug test
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Red Cross says blood supply runs short in Greater Allegheny region
- Construction of Speedway in Perryopolis to affect traffic
- Improvements sought for Dickerson Run Park in Liberty
- Connellsville Housing Authority properties to get upgrades
- Connellsville Recreation Board installs signs in parks
- Mill Run taxidermist honored at North American Taxidermy Championship
- Hempfield man accused of setting Dumpster ablaze in Fayette County
- Detours in place for work on routes 51, 30, 2027
- Mancuso running for register of wills in Fayette
- Tenebrae returns for Connellsville’s St. Rita Roman Catholic Church
- Connellsville church collects goods, money for the needy