Nursing assistant found with cocaine after car crash

Posted at 10:44 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 22:44:40-05

A car barreled into the brush, mangling branches and shredding pieces of the car. The big bang panicked neighbors on Friday morning in Port Charlotte.

"Call 9-1-1 because somebody went into the bushes," said Thaddeus Dobrinski, who has lived in the neighborhood for eleven years.

While Dobrinski urged his wife to call for help, other neighbors rushed to help the trapped driver.

"I brought my machete so he cut some bushes and finally he was able to open the door and then there was a girl inside," said Iwona Poirier, who rushed out of her home to see what caused the crashing sound.

But it wasn't just Lauryn White they found.

"A needle plus a little plastic bag with some white stuff on it," said Poierier.

The white stuff in the bag turned out to be cocaine, according to Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies.

"I didn't even think she knew that she did it. When she got out of the car she was dazed. I didn't even think she knew what happened," said Dobrinski.

But White knew enough to know she might be in some trouble. She is a certified nursing assistant at Fawcett Memorial Hospital.

"She was asking us to leave it and leave her alone because we were going to ruin her life and I said, 'No! You already did that'," said Poirier.

Neighbors had a hard time wrapping their minds around someone in the medical field having that kind of drugs on them.

"Big, big, big mistake she made," said Poirer.

Neighbors grateful the car crash didn't hurt any innocent people.

"There is always people walking, she could've hit somebody. Thank goodness nothing happened," said Dobrinski.