FAIRBANKS — A North Pole woman faces 11 criminal charges after she allegedly passed out in her car in front of Chena Hot Springs Gas on Monday morning.

Carey Lynn Benson, 39, of North Pole, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with license revoked or suspended, second-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree weapons misconduct, fourth-degree weapons misconduct, fifth-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, three counts of violating conditions of release and improper use of evidence of registration after the gas station clerk called troopers to report a woman passed out in a 1996 Monte Carlo.

Troopers found Benson asleep behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition but the engine off, according to charging documents. Troopers knocked on the window for more than two minutes, but Benson would not wake up. Troopers entered the vehicle to ensure Benson was not having a medical emergency. When she woke up, Benson said she didn’t know where she was or how she got there. Troopers found a pistol in a holster Benson wore on her calf. A second pistol was subsequently found in her possession.

Benson repeatedly fell asleep as she was being driven to jail, prompting troopers to pull over and check on her because she was slumped over. At one point, she woke up and didn’t know she was in a police car and did not understand why she was being arrested, according to charging documents.

The store clerk told troopers Benson drove into the parking lot between 5:05 and 5:10 a.m. The clerk said Benson drove in the wrong lane when pulling in and she never got out of the car. The clerk watched Benson through the glass and saw her head nodding before she passed out. The clerk called troopers about an hour after Benson arrived at the gas station.

A search of Benson’s car and belongings was conducted based on the fact that Benson was violating the conditions of release for several previous cases.

A metal box containing heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana was found in Benson’s purse. Benson’s breath-alcohol content was measured at 0.00.

A drug recognition expert determined Benson was under the influence of a narcotic analgesic and a central nervous system stimulant and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle.

The vehicle registration tabs on Benson’s license plates were found to be for a 1997 green Dodge, not the 1996 Chevrolet Monte Carlo she was driving.

Benson’s conditions of release stem from a previous drugs misconduct charge and a DUI.

The drugs in Benson’s purse were weighed and found to total 9.5 grams of heroin, 2 grams of methamphetamine and 7.5 grams of marijuana. A digital scale and more than 100 small plastic baggies were also found.










  1. Doc says:

    That’s such a shame – and this close to Christmas too.