Pittsfield woman charged with OUI after trying to pay for chai tea with pills


PITTSFIELD -- A 46-year-old woman is being held in jail after police allegedly found her in a drug-induced stupor after trying to buy a chai tea at a doughnut shop's drive-thru with a handful of pills.

Timi A. Marley, 46, of Newell Street, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court to single counts of fourth-offense driving under the influence of drugs and driving with a suspended license.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel ordered her held without bail at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office. On Friday, a hearing is scheduled to determine if she is a danger to the community. If so, she can be held for up to 90 days without bail.

According the Pittsfield Police, they received a report Monday afternoon of an erratic driver in a parking lot on Elm Street.

Minutes later, at about 5:45, police arrived at the parking lot of the Dunkin' Donuts on East Street. There, police found Marley attempting to retrieve pills that spilled out of her car and onto the sidewalk. She had a hard time walking and talking because she was allegedly under the influence of "central nervous system depressants and narcotic analgesics," according to police.

Dunkin' Donuts employees told police that Marley had just come through the drive-thru and attempted to pay for her chai tea with "a handful of pills."

The car's description from the first incident matched that of Marley's car, said police.

While being booked at the station, police said she began crawling on the floor looking for a cigarette she thought police had given her. But authorities hadn't, they said.

According to prosecutors, Marley has been convicted of driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol in February 1989, August 1997, and February 2006. The 2006 conviction stemmed from a car crash near the Allendale Shopping Center. In that case, police said she was on a combination of methadone and anxiety medication. She received a six-month jail sentence.

Eagle records indicate Marley was also convicted in 2009 in Northern Berkshire District Court of drunken driving and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

In the newest case, the pills recovered by police were not identified in the report.

Her attorney, Dean R. Manuel, wouldn't comment on the case.


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