Depew woman charged with driving under the influence of drugs

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PORTLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local woman is facing drug related charges after police say they responded to a situation in Chautauqua County.

New York State Troopers say they rushed last week to Portland to deal with a suspicious situation. On the scene, they located 20-year-old Jennifer Merkling. While interviewing her, police say it was apparent that she was impaired by some type of substance.

Officers tested her sobriety in the field and say she did not pass tests — they soon took her to a local hospital to receive drug tests.

Merkling, a Depew native, stands charged with DWI and DWAI drugs. She’ll return to court on Oct. 20.

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