Many people get nervous when they get pulled over by police, fumbling with their belongings while hoping they might escape a ticket, or perhaps even trying to hide something. A woman from Clearlake, in south Lake County, was traveling through Lakeport, located across the lake on the north side, and could barely contain herself, raising suspicions that proved to be valid.
On Wednesday evening of this week, at about 9:15, a detective from the Lake County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force happened to observe a car leaving the Shoreline Shopping Center heading south on South Main Street. According to Steve Brooks of the Sheriff’s Department, the detective took notice that the car was missing the front left lighting assembly. He followed her down Main, and observed her signal for a right turn where there wasn’t an opportunity, and continue on. That in itself was not too big a deal, but then the car signaled again near Kmart, and pulled to the side prior to the Kmart access road. The erratic driving, which showed clues to possible impairment, along with the code violation, prompted the detective to initiate a traffic stop.
He approached the driver, identified as 45-year-old Rhae Anne Mills, and told her why he had pulled her over. She seemed to him to be very nervous and fidgety as he spoke to her, and as he observed her search through several wallets and bags in her purse to find her license. She never did find it, and the detective asked if she happened to be on probation or parole. She said no, while the detective continued to observe her visibly shaking and speaking rapidly, which further convinced him that she was under the influence of a narcotic.
Another detective then arrived on the scene to assist, and he recognized Mills as someone he had dealt with before, and knew that she was on probation. That apparently sparked a memory with Mills, who suddenly agreed that she was in fact on searchable probation.
The detectives then took the opportunity to search the car, and found a small coin purse hidden under the dashboard, with four plastic bags of crystal Methamphetamine inside. There was one large bag with an ounce, and three smaller ones consistent with being packaged for sales. The meth was later calculated to be a total of33.2 grams, with an estimated street value of $3,320.00. They also found $627.00 in cash, which was seized for possible asset forfeiture if it proves to be from the sale of illegal narcotics.
Mills was arrested of possession of a controlled substance for sale, and transportation of a controlled substance. She was booked into the Hill Road Correctional Facility. She will not be granted Bail due to the probation violations.