WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A Newport, New Hampshire woman waived extradition back to her home state to face drug charges this past week after police in Springfield, Vermont arrested her in the middle of the night behind the wheel of a stolen car.
Brittany Handy, 28, was arrested at 4 a.m. on Sunday, November 4th a short time after Springfield Police Officer Steven Neily Sr. spotted the car, which had been reported as stolen from New Hampshire, when it drove past the police department on Clinton Street.
In an affidavit filed with the court, Neily wrote that he tailed the 2009 Honda Civic to the Evergreen Heights apartment complex and watched as someone dashed inside for about ten minutes.
When the car drove back out of the complex, Neily pulled it over.
Handy, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, initially identified herself as “Sarah Masters,” saying she didn’t have any identification with her, the officer wrote in his report.
“I asked ‘Masters’ where she was going and she hesitated for approximately 20 seconds” before saying ‘Claremont’,” Neily wrote.
Asked who’s apartment she’d just been visiting, ‘Masters’ explained that she was unfamiliar with the area so she had stopped, in the middle of the night, to randomly ask for directions, Neily continued.
As more officers arrived on the scene Neily asked the driver to show him her collarbone, which she did, and he positively identified Handy because of a distinctive flower tattoo there and placed her under arrest.
After Handy admitted who she was, police searched the car and reported finding drug paraphernalia.
During her appearance at the courthouse in White River Junction at the beginning of the week Handy pleaded innocent to a felony charge of possession of stolen property for the car and to an accompanying misdemeanor charge of providing false information to police.
Handy also agreed to waive her right to challenge her extradition back to Sullivan County, New Hampshire where she was indicted in July for felony possession of Burpenorphine that allegedly occurred a year ago in Claremont.
Handy’s criminal record in New Hampshire includes convictions for selling drugs in Claremont, criminal trespass, theft, bail jumping and violating probation.
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