PLYMOUTH - A local woman, previously convicted of having drugs in her system while driving with a young child in the vehicle, was arrested Tuesday for violating her probation.
Candice Anderson, 32, of 291 Main St., was charged with two counts of violation of probation after testing positive for PCP three times while on probation, according to state prosecutor Jeffrey Lee.
Anderson was arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where she accepted a plea bargain that could allow her to avoid prison time. She admitted to both violation of probation counts and has been ordered to report back to her probation officer, who will supervise her for four to six months. Under the terms of the plea deal, one more positive urine test could land Anderson in prison for a year, Lee said.
Anderson is due back in court on Feb. 22. Lee said he will ask that she be sentenced immediately if she tests positive for drugs again.
On July 18, Anderson pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and driving under the influence. An Alford plea means she disputed some of the allegations but wished to accept the plea deal. She was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended, and 18 months of probation.
In that case, Anderson was driving on Main Street on Dec. 23, 2016, when she was pulled over by a police officer after he saw her using her cell phone. Police said she had a 9-year-old child in the car who was not wearing a seatbelt.
Shortly after the motor vehicle stop, Anderson tested positive for PCP and marijuana, police said. No injuries were reported.
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