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Pukwana woman arrested on child abuse charge after being found with meth

Police lights. (Republic file photo)

CHAMBERLAIN — A Pukwana woman is accused of child abuse after police allegedly found her in possession of meth during a traffic stop.

On the afternoon of June 30, police stopped a vehicle traveling on Main Street in Chamberlain after observing a young child unrestrained in the back seat.

While conducting the traffic stop, the officer identified the driver as 25-year-old Brooke Shields, who the officer had stopped a week prior and found with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to court documents.

Shields said she knew her son was unbuckled before the officer told her why she had been stopped, and she exited the vehicle without being asked to do so.

"She appeared to want to get out of and away from the vehicle," the officer wrote in a police report.

Shields added she did not have her license with her and was uninsured.

Shields told the officer she was very hot and light-headed and began to vomit, but swallowed the substance. When officers asked, Shields gave consent to search her and the vehicle.

During the search, Shields allegedly tried to throw a small plastic bag with a white substance into the grill of his vehicle. The officer retrieved the bag and identified the substance as meth, and Shields vomited onto the side of the roadway, leading the officer to believe she had swallowed some of the meth as he was pulling her over, according to court documents.

The officer continued the search and found another bag with meth residue in her back pocket and a pair of scissors and screwdriver with burnt marijuana residue in the vehicle.

Shields was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony, abuse or cruelty to a minor, a Class 3 felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of two ounces of marijuana or less. Shields was also charged with not having her license in her possession, failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to use a child restraint and seat belt violation.