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Somerset woman is arraigned on drug, DUI charges

July 24, 2018

A 29-year-old Somerset woman was arraigned Monday on drug charges after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a running vehicle in a convenience store parking lot.

Laken Patricia Oakes was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance; drug paraphernalia possession; possession of a controlled substance; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; and two summary counts.

Somerset Borough police were dispatched June 2 to a Sheetz parking lot for a report of a female passed out in a vehicle. When police arrived, they noticed that the vehicle was running, and the driver’s door and trunk were open. Oakes was sitting in the driver’s seat with her head down. Police tried to wake her and, at first, received no response. Eventually, she groaned, looked up with a blank stare and fell back asleep, according to police. Oakes later said that she was waiting for someone. Police said she had “track marks” consistent with drug use, bruises and scabs on her hands and arms.

Oakes was taken to Somerset Hospital, where blood tests revealed the presence of amphetamine, methamphetamine, alprazolam, fentanyl, norfentanyl, buprenorphine-free and norbuprenorphine-free in her system. Police said she had several pills, suspected meth and suspected heroin stamp bags labeled “One Dab.”

Oakes is in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:20 a.m. July 31 before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset. An online court docket did not list an attorney for her Monday evening.

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