Marshall woman in custody for multiple offenses
Chelsey A. Roettgen, 20, of Marshall, is in custody at Saline County Justice Facility, charged with class B misdemeanor drug intoxication, class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle without a valid license and the unclassified misdemeanor of purchase or attempting to purchase or possession liquor by a minor.
According to an incident report filed with the probable cause statement, Roettgen was pursued by Marshall police Thursday, Nov. 12, at speeds up to 60 miles per hour on several city streets before she was stopped.
The report says Roettgen told officers she did not have a driver's license and had never had one; a MULES inquiry confirmed that fact.
A blood alcohol test showed a level of intoxication "not consistent with her performance on field sobriety tests," the report says. According to the report, under questioning by officers, Roettgen said she had been a drug user for "about six years" and regularly injects herself with Oxycontin.
Roettgen is scheduled to appear before Judge James T. "Tut" Bellamy Wednesday, Nov. 18; if she is convicted, she faces six months in county jail and/or a $500 fine on each of the misdemeanor charges. If she is convicted of the attempt to purchase liquor, she could spend up to a year in county jail and pay a fine of up to $1,000. In addition, under the "Missouri Abuse and Lose" statute, she could lose her driving privileges for a period of 90 days.
Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.