What would you do if you were pulled over for speeding, and there were hard drugs in your car?
19-year-old Madeleine Gene Richardson swallowed the meth in her car when cops pulled her over for a normal traffic stop.
The college student studied at Lone Star College in Texas. She was in the car with friends when police pulled her over for speeding on Friday.
During the stop, police saw marijuana and pipes in the vehicle. As a result, Richardson and Gary Keife, the 20-year-old driver, were arrested.
A third female passenger was released, but Richardson and Keife were charged for the drugs and paraphernalia. They faced a Class-C misdemeanor.
As she was being driven to jail around 3pm on Friday, police noticed that Richardson looked extremely sick. Officers quickly suspected that she had taken something. Richardson admitted that she had swallowed an entire bag of meth before being put in the police car.
An ambulance was called immediately, and Richardson was taken to Scott & White Hospital-Brenham. Sadly, the girl was not able to be detoxed in time.
She died in the hospital the next morning around 4:30 am.
At this time, it is unknown when the girl swallowed the drugs, or how much she had. It is possible that she swallowed the baggie when cops first stopped her vehicle on the road.
The amount that she swallowed will become known after autopsy results are released.
The college student likely swallowed the drugs so that the cops would not find them — possession of meth is a felony in Texas and can result in substantial jail time.
Deputy sheriff Petrash said, “It’s a tragedy when it is such a young person. I don’t know, maybe she panicked or got scared.”
Richardson’s obituary said, “A daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, and cousin, all of which she was proud to be.” Her parents, Rick and Suzanne Richardson, are torn apart by their daughter’s untimely death.
The 19-year-old love swimming and was a waitress at an Italian restaurant. She was a sophomore at Lone Star College.
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