UPDATE: Lower Salem woman indicted on child-neglect, drug charges in Ritchie County

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RITCHIE COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP and WDTV) - UPDATE: 10/9/19

A grand jury in Ritchie County has indicted a Washington County woman arrested in May for allegedly driving under the influence with a child in her car.

Melissa Blair, 41, of Lower Salem, was among 17 people named in indictments returned on Monday. She's charged with child neglect creating risk of injury; driving under the influence of a controlled substance with minors; and possession of a controlled substance.

According to court records, authorities pulled over Blair's vehicle in May after she was seen driving without a seat belt with a child in the back seat. That's when officers reported finding methamphetamine and other drugs in the car.

Authorities said Blair appeared to be under the influence and admitted to smoking marijuana. They said she also showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests.

Blair remains in the North Central Jail.

You can find a complete list of the indictments returned on Monday by clicking on the link to the right of this article.


ORIGINAL STORY: 5/8/19

A Washington County woman faces child-neglect and drug charges after her arrest in Ritchie County on Monday.

According to a criminal complaint in Ritchie County Magistrate Court, Melissa Blair, 41, of Lower Salem, allegedly drove her vehicle under the influence with a child in the back seat. Authorities said she also had methamphetamine and other drugs in the car.

The complaint said deputies pulled Blair over after she was seen driving without a seat belt.

Deputies said she was asked to get out of the vehicle and officers saw her remove a tin from her pocket and put it behind her back. The officer later found two pills that Blair said were Vicodin and Klonopin. Officers also found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her possession.

According to deputies, Blair appeared to be under the influence and admitted to smoking marijuana. They said she showed signs of impairment during field sobriety tests.

Authorities charged Blair with child neglect creating risk of injury, DUI with a minor in vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

She remains in the North Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.