June 27, 2013
A deputy saw a woman driver speeding in an elementary school zone in Punta Gorda at 8:36 a.m. and made a traffic stop, according to a news release from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.
Radar showed Denise Loveada Spear, 33, was traveling 32 mph in a 15 mph posted flashing school zone limit. The Port Charlotte mom said she was dropping off her child at the school; the child got out and then walked to the nearby school, the report states.
Spear¿s driver¿s license had been suspended over year as a felony habitual offender, according to the release.
The deputy then noticed her purse in the car and could see the end of a syringe in. After mom consented to a purse search, the deputy located two empty syringes, some crack, oxycodone, morphine, and cocaine, the report states.
In the jail intake area deputies also reportedly found a dollar bill that contained a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine.
Spear was charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Morphine, Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia, Driving as a Habitual Traffic Offender, and Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility, according to the report.