POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Polk County Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested a 26-year-old Highlands woman on Thursday after the trooper pulled her over for speeding and found that she had allegedly used synthetic marijuana 30 minutes before the traffic stop and had a 7-month-old baby boy in the car with her.
Juli Renaye Watson is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a state-jail felony child endangerment charge, and four misdemeanor charges - possession of a controlled substance less than 2 ounces, driving with an invalid license with a previous conviction, no insurance with a previous conviction, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Watson's collective bail amount was set at $9,000 for three of the charges.
Trooper David Hendry, a DPS spokesman, said Watson was charged with endangering a child because she allegedly smoked it in the child's presence.
According to a press release, a DPS trooper stopped a 1997 Saturn on US 190 west of Livingston for speeding at about 11:50 p.m. Thursday for speeding. The DPS trooper noticed burned ashes on Watson's clothes as well as the odor of what he believed was burned synthetic marijuana, the press release stated.
At that point, the DPS trooper had Watson get out of the car, so he could search it. According to the press release, the trooper found several items of drug paraphernalia and a bag of synthetic marijuana in Watson's car.
Watson allegedly admitted to using synthetic marijuana as early as 30 minutes before the traffic stop. She also had a 7-month-old baby boy in the car with her, the press release stated.
Watson was arrested at the scene and taken to the Polk County Jail. The baby was released into a family member's custody.