Woman Charged With Possession Of More Than 70 Pills After Fairfield Crash

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Melissa Tristine-Keough, 39, of Bridgeport, was charged by the Fairfield police with possession of narcotics after they found a pill bottle with four different types of prescription medication. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A woman who abandoned her car after a crash on Black Rock Turnpike was arrested on drug charges after she was found with more than 70 prescription pills in one bottle, Fairfield police said.  

The police report said Melissa Tristine-Keough, 39, of Bridgeport, she failed to negotiate a traffic circle on Black Rock Turnpike and lost control of the car. Officers found her heavily damaged car with two flat tires but no occupants, police said.

The one-car accident Saturday afternoon damaged the median and a sign, police said.

A patrol officer later saw Keough walking on Commerce Drive, unsteady on her feet, and stopped her, police said. Officers determined she had been the driver of the damaged car, police said. She refused to go to the hospital, police said.

Officers issued a field sobriety test, which she failed, police said. In her car, officers found a pill bottle filled with different kinds of pills, police said. A pharmacist identified four types of prescription medication in the bottle, including 22 pills of levothyroxine, 1.5 pills of amitriptyline/perphenazine, 32 pills of adderal and 17 pills of alphrazolam. 

Police say Keough had no written prescriptions for any of the medications.

Keough was charged driving under the influence, failure to drive right, failure to keep drug in the original container, possession of narcotics and interfering with an officer. She was held on $500 bond and released with a court date of Sept. 9 at Bridgeport Superior Court. 

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