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Police: Suspect had meth in mouth during jail booking

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A Portland woman arrested in a crash on Northeast Lombard Street had a baggie of meth in her mouth while she was being booked into jail Tuesday, court documents show.

Officers arrested Jessica Peterson on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and assault after she crashed into a motorcycle rider, then struck a car late Tuesday night.

Police said Peterson admitted to using marijuana and pain medication that day, and an officer determined she was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash. The motorcycle rider, 26-year-old Chase Ivey, suffered three compound fractures in his leg and also shattered his elbow.

When it came time to book Peterson into jail that night, Multnomah County deputies noticed Peterson making strange movements with her mouth. When the deputies asked Peterson if she had anything her mouth, she said she didn't, but then spit a baggie of methamphetamine onto the ground, court documents said.

Peterson now faces a charge of possession of meth in addition to the crash-related charges.

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