A Coralville woman faces heroin and operating while intoxicated charges for an incident in January.
According to criminal complaints, Iowa City police officers performed a welfare check on 36-year-old Wendy S. Muller on Jan. 6 at 1100 Arthur St. in Iowa City after she was reported to be passed out in the driver’s seat of a running SUV. After several attempts, officers were able to wake up Muller, who had mumbled speech and showed other signs of being under the influence of a narcotic, police said. Police said Muller reported not knowing how she got there.
A K9 unit was called to the scene and alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle, police said.
Police said Muller admitted to shooting up heroin in the SUV earlier and that the needles were still in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up a purse containing six used cotton swabs with heroin residue on them, two syringe tips and a used tourniquet.
Muller submitted to field sobriety tests, which indicated she was impaired. Her blood alcohol content was .00 percent, but a drug recognition expert determined Muller was under the influence and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Muller was arrested earlier this month and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance — second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; operating while intoxicated — second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; and interference with official acts for failing to comply with officers’ requests during the investigation. Police said Muller was previously convicted of operating while intoxicated in 2002 and possession of a controlled substance in 2011.