Uniontown woman tries to switch sample for test
A Uniontown woman has been charged with one count of furnishing drug-free urine after she admitted attempting to substitute someone else's for a court-ordered drug test.
Angela Marie Sages, 36, of Butler Street told police she planned to submit the urine of her 12-year-old niece when she was ordered to take a drug test because Sages feared she would test positive for marijuana. She feared she would lose her status in a probation program for first-time offenders she was completing for a criminal mischief case to expunge a 2012 guilty plea from her record, police said.
On March 14, city police said, Sages was seen warming a bottle of liquid in a Fayette County Courthouse restroom.
Police were dispatched to the county probation office in the Fayette County 911 building at 22 E. Main St.
Adult probation officer Ryan DeLuca told police he was alerted that Sages was on her way to the office to provide the sample.
When confronted by DeLuca, the woman gave him a jar containing liquid she said came from a 12-year-old girl, and allegedly admitted she planned to pass it off as her own.
Sages was taken to the police station, where she agreed to make a statement, according to police.
She said she brought the urine when she was scheduled to appear before Judge John F. Wagner Jr. for a hearing to revoke her participation in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which allows nonviolent offenders to serve a term of probation to have their criminal record expunged. Wagner ordered her to the probation office to undergo drug testing.
Sages faces a preliminary hearing before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros on April 30.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401.
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