Tailgater facing multiple felonies after police search turns up pills


BURRILLVILLE – A 46-year-old Pascoag woman is facing three felony possession charges after police reportedly found “a myriad,” of prescription pill bottles in her car during a traffic stop.

Melitza Rosa was also charged with DUI, first offense, following the incident, which began when an officer spotted her driving, “dangerously close,” to the car in front of her on Broncos Highway in October.

According to arrest reports, police spotted two vehicles traveling ten miles-per-hour above the speed limit on the busy highway, with Rosa driving  less than 1/2 a car length behind the vehicle in front of her.

The car Rosa was driving, a white Ford sedan, reportedly passed the first vehicle when the road opened up to two lanes, and officers clocked her driving at 64 miles-per-hour in the 45 mile-per-hour zone.

Rosa was reportedly “giggling,” and “appeared carefree,” during the traffic stop, repeatedly telling police she had consumed only one caramel martini, and that she was sure she was not drunk.

Officers administered sobriety tests and reported observing many signs of intoxication. Inside the car, they located the prescription pill bottles, several of which contained pills that did not match the label.

According to reports, Rosa attempted to break free several times as police placed her under arrest.

Officers later administered a breathalyzer test and Rosa twice registered a .080 blood alcohol content.

She was released with citations as well as a summons to appear in court.

Results from toxicology tests came back on Sunday, Nov. 22, and the pills were identified as hydrocodone, diazepam and amphetamine.

Police issued a warrant, and Rosa was arrested at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 25 without incident.  She was arraigned on three felony counts of narcotics possession.

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