Police arrested a man and woman from Levittown July 26 for smoking crack while stopped in their vehicle at at intersection in Lower Providence, according to a police report.
Linda Payne, 46, who was the passenger, and boyfriend, Mark Dambach, 59, were at the traffic light when a witness sais he saw Payne lean back in her seat and light a glass pipe that was held to her lips. According to the report, the witness stated that this was consistent with someone smoking crack, as the witness himself said he was in recovery for smoking crack cocaine.
The witness told police that he followed Payne and Dambach to the Eagleville intersection, where he then contacted and waited for police to arrive.
LPP then approached the vehicle, in which Heim immediately noticed a white plastic bag on the vehicle floor with empty Budweiser beer cans in it.
The report further states, when questioned if both vehicle occupants were drinking, they stated, “yes.” The officer observed bloodshot glassy eyes and slurred speech from both.
Heim then asked Payne to step out of the vehicle, according to the report. Upon Payne exiting the passenger side door, the officer observed a glass crack pipe on the floorboard, under the passenger seat.
After being questioned about it, Payne confirmed to the officer that the glass crack pipe was hers.
According to a related police report, prepared by LPP Det. William Hopkins, Payne was later transported to LPP station, where she was placed in custody for drug paraphernalia possession, and admitted to purchasing the crack cocaine at Main and Noble streets in Norristown Borough.
She also admitted to police that she rode in the vehicle with her boyfriend, consuming the entire purchased crack.
According to Hopkins’ report, prior to this, while at the scene, another responding police officer from Bridgeport Police found no additional crack cocaine on Payne’s person.
According to Heim’s report, Dambach was also asked to exit the vehicle. He submitted to a field sobriety test, in which he tested 15 percent during his preliminary breath test (PBT).
Both Payne and Dambach were later released and transported by LPP to a relative’s home in the township.
Dambach was charged with Driving Under the Influence, and Payne was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and other related charges.