An Oelwein woman who was found wandering confusedly last month in an alleyway in Perry was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Sunday afternoon after failing to appear for a July 31 hearing in Dallas County District Court.
Breeya Lynn Moritz, 18, of 605 Second Ave. S.W., Oelwein, was found by officers of the Perry Police Department about 11 a.m. Sunday, July 14 in an alleyway east of Eighth Street between Willis Avenue and Warford Street.
According to court records, Moritz was found “standing in the middle of the alley,” and she was “unable to tell officers who she was, what she was doing in the alley or where she was going.” The police said she “appeared to be confused,” had “difficulty making complete sentences” and “could not put her thoughts together. She denied having any mental or physical problems and denied drinking any alcoholic beverages.”
The records indicated Moritz failed field sobriety tests. Police said she denied taking drugs, “but she had marks on the inside of both elbows that were consistent with needle punctures.”
Officers searched Moritz and found “a small wooden container that contained a metal marijuana pipe with burnt residue and a small baggy of a green leafy substance” that “later field tested for marijuana.”
Moritz was arrested on charges of public intoxication, first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released from the Dallas County Jail but when she failed to attend the July 31 hearng, a warrant was issued for her arrest by Dallas County Magistrate Andrea M. Flanagan.
Moritz is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond. She is schedule to make an appearance in Dallas County District Court Monday morning.
Moritz was convicted in October 2018 of a second violation of the Perry curfew ordinance.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.