EPD: Woman drove police car into fuel tank after drug arrest


Courtesy: Vanderburgh County Jail

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A woman taken into custody Thursday on drug charges tried to drive away in a police car while handcuffed, according to a police affidavit.

Megan McQueen, 23, was initially arrested with another woman near the Dairy Queen on E Virginia St.

A shift leader at Dairy Queen saw two women go into the restroom for 30 minutes before another guest reported that there was drug paraphernalia in the trash can.

Police said they found four syringes, two containing a brown substance, and a baggie with a white powdery substance in it.

The brown substance tested positive for fentanyl and heroin, according to police records.

McQueen had a purse in her possession which contained three pills, identified by police as clonazepam. Clonazepam is a schedule IV prescription-only medication.

Police said they also found a spoon with burnt residue and three syringes still capped and unused.

Both women were slurring words and unstable on their feet, police said, so the two were transported to Deaconess Midtown.

Once the two were cleared, they were placed in handcuffs and walked to the squad car, according to the affidavit.

However, police said McQueen had moved herself from the back of the car to the front and quickly accelerated – running over a sing in the parking area.

Police said she drove through the helicopter landing and hit a fuel tank for the helicopters.

Following the crash, police said McQueen refused to get out of the vehicle and force was used to arrest her.

She faces the following charges:

  • Auto theft
  • False informing
  • Criminal mischief
  • Narcotics possession – Cocaine or a narcotic drug
  • Narcotics possession – syringe
  • Narcotics possession – Schedule I, II, III, IV
  • Public intoxication
  • Escape from lawful detention
  • Resist law enforcement
  • Narcotics possession – paraphernalia
  • Operating a vehicle without ever receiving a license

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(This story was originally published on August 2, 2019)

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