Deputies found pot, pills and three kids in a car after one of the occupants — a 39-year-old woman — allegedly shined a green laser light at an officer in an unmarked patrol vehicle in Volusia County.
Tonya Harding (not the former figure skater) and husband Charles Brazell, 38, both of Jacksonville, were pulled over and arrested after the incident at 10:22 p.m. Thursday on State Road A1A near Northshore Drive in Ormond Beach.
Three children, ages 12, 13 and 15, were also in the two-door Acura, said Gary Davidson, a spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
They were turned over to a relative.
Before the laser flash, the Acura was in front of the lieutenant, who was driving the unmarked vehicle.
“When he ran the tag, it came back to a different vehicle — a 1994 Chevrolet station wagon,” Davidson said in an email. “The Acura then slowed down and pulled in behind the lieutenant’s vehicle.”
The lieutenant slowed, allowing the car to pass.
That’s when the Acura pulled alongside the unmarked vehicle and the front-seat passenger pointed a laser into the vehicle.
He pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of the Casa Del Mar Hotel on South Atlantic Avenue.
Deputies found a small bag with about 8 grams of marijuana in the car.
Harding also had a prescription-pill bottle with no label and nearly 60 pills.
When a deputy asked Harding if she had any paperwork for the medications, she said it was in the console or glove box.
The deputy looked but couldn’t find any paperwork.
Harding was charged with shining a laser light at a law enforcement officer and possession of an illegal substance. Brazell was charged with driving with a suspended license, failure to register a motor vehicle and possession of a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.
Brazell’s license has been suspended 12 times.