Just two weeks after she was released from jail, a 27-year-old Kennewick woman was back behind bars for allegedly driving a stolen car and later wiping her blood on an officer's hand.
Charges against Chelsea Lynn Johnson include the allegation that she was recently released from incarceration when she reoffended.
That means prosecutors will be able to ask for extra time on Johnson's sentence if she is convicted of the crimes.
A tearful Johnson pleaded innocent to third-degree assault and possession of a stolen vehicle, both with aggravating circumstances of recent recidivism. Trial is scheduled Sept. 30.
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Deputy Prosecutor Anita Petra acknowledged that Johnson has a "significant drug problem" and they've tried to work with her to get treatment. Yet Johnson, who is a mother, continues to commit crimes, she told the court.
Johnson was most likely under the influence of drugs during the Aug. 5 incident and is a threat to the community, Petra said. Her criminal history includes reckless burning and forgeries.
Petra asked for $10,000 bail. Defense attorney Michelle Alexander argued that her client is in treatment and needs to get out for her child. She said $5,000 bail is more appropriate.
Judge Vic VanderSchoor split the difference and ordered Johnson held on $7,500.
Online jail records show Johnson also has $1,000 bail out of Benton County District Court on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
The two cases stem from a vehicle stop for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Johnson gave a false name to the Kennewick officers who approached her 1995 Honda Accord, which they soon discovered had been stolen from the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant earlier that day, court documents said.
On the drive to the police station, Johnson "was extremely vulgar, combative and made sexual advances," documents said. Inside, they sat her in a chair, but she allegedly kicked it and tried to free herself from the handcuffs.
Police also reported that Johnson wouldn't give her date of birth, but did admit her real name. That's when they found her driver's license had been suspended.
Johnson was taken to the hospital to have her blood drawn so they could send it to a lab to be tested for drugs and alcohol, court documents said. She was rude and vulgar with emergency room staff and ripped off her bandage to throw at the nurse, documents said.
Johnson then allegedly took some blood from the exposed draw spot and wiped it on a police officer's hand.
She had been released from the Benton County jail on July 22.
Her most recent conviction was June 27 for second-degree possession of stolen property. Johnson got a three-month sentence for trying to use a stolen credit card in a car wash's token machine, then tossing the card out the car window when it didn't work.
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