A 30-year-old Monroe County woman struggled to get away from a police officer after he found her smoking marijuana in a car with a small child in the back seat.
Kimberly A. Maro of Effort has been charged with resisting arrest, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The incident happened at 11:45 a.m. Thursday in the driveway of a home along State Road in Chestnuthill Township.
Detective Joseph Coddington of the Monroe County district attorney's office was delivering a subpoena at that address when he noticed the woman in a car in the driveway, with a child in the back seat.
Coddington reported he approached the driver's side window, identified himself as a police officer and showed the woman his badge. He noticed she was "making furtive movements" between the driver and passenger seats.
When she opened the car door, the detective smelled a very strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. He asked if she had anything in the car that she should not have. She replied: "No, you can look."
He asked her to put his hands berhind her back so he could handcuff her for his own safety before he looked inside the car.
Coddington said as he was about to handcuff the suspect, she tried to break free. She was pushing and swinging at the officer with her free hand.
After he took Maro into custody, Coddington again asked for permission to search her car and she agreed. He found a small bag of marijuana stuffed between the seats in a zip lock bag and a piece of a smoking device.