Welfare Check of Woman Passed Out at Gas Pumps Leads to Felony Narcotics Charge

April 5, 2018

Destin, FL – For the third time in three weeks the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has responded to a call of a person passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle while parked at gas pumps. In all three instances, the individuals were under the influence of narcotics.

Becky Joy Patten

Around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, OCSO deputies were called to the Circle K on Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin to check on a woman who appeared unconscious at the wheel. Deputies say a glass smoking device containing methamphetamine was in plain view.

They also found a black jewelry box in her car with a rolled up $20 bill. It held a plastic bag with methamphetamine, as well as brown strips of paper with Suboxone.

47-year old Becky Patten of Freeport is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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