Police: Rehab nurse Felicia Knecht caught with drugs in system

Woman faces charges for DUI

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Published: Dec 24 2013 09:27:16 AM EST   Updated On: Oct 02 2013 11:14:05 AM EDT
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HELLERTOWN, Pa. -

A rehab nurse was found with narcotics in her system as she tried to drive away from work, police said.

Hellertown police officers responded to Weston Rehab at 1898 Leithsville Road in Hellertown around 8 a.m. on Sept. 3 for a report of suspicious activity.

When they arrived, they talked to staff members who believed one of the nurses, Felicia Knecht, was under the influence of a narcotic, and was about to drive away from the facility's parking lot.

Several employees told police they'd seen Knecht falling asleep several times during her shift, including once with her head in a sink, having slow, slurred speech and taking more than five minutes to unlock a door.

Staff members also told police that 30 Oxycodone pills went missing in a few weeks before this incident, and that five of the pills went missing during this particular night shift.

Officers determined that she was under the influence of a controlled substance and as a result of a blood draw, was found to have considerable amounts of Oxycodone, Oxymorphone and nearly three times the therapeutic limit of alprazalom (Xanex) in her system at the time she was trying to drive.

Knecht, of Five Springs Road in Stroudsburg, was charged with DUI of controlled substances.