Report: Waitress reports herself for smoking pot

Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL) – Tuesday, May 21, 2013


PORT CHARLOTTE — A 20-year-old waitress was arrested Saturday after she became paranoid that someone was following her after she allegedly smoked pot.

So, she called the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, telling authorities she had just smoked marijuana and was not feeling well, according to a report.

Bethanie Mary Wark, 1100 block of Sandy St., Port Charlotte, believed she was being followed by a man named ‘Joey’ and stopped at a Circle K, 1783 Tamiami Trail, in Port Charlotte to call authorities.

When a deputy arrived around 10:30 p.m., she told him she had just smoked weed and was afraid it was laced with another drug, a report said. Wark pulled a clear baggie containing approximately 6 grams of marijuana from the pocket of her work apron and handed it to the deputy, saying she had just purchased it and did not want it, according to the report.

Charlotte County Fire/EMS transported Wark to Fawcett Memorial Hospital because she was having difficulty breathing and possibly hallucinations, the report states. The deputy followed her to the hospital.

After Wark was treated and released at the emergency room, she was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and taken to Charlotte County Jail, according to the report.

On the way to the jail, she stated that ‘Joey’ was following her and had recorded her conversation with the paramedics while she was inside the ambulance. The deputy assured her that no one was following her or recording her, a report states.

Ward posted a $2,000 bond and was released Sunday.

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