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Billings woman accused of driving with kids while high on meth

Missoulian.com, June 26, 2013

A woman was accused Tuesday of driving while on methamphetamine with her twin children in the car.

Anna Lee Gress, 35, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail on felony criminal endangerment and drug possession charges, as well as misdemeanor driving under the influence and paraphernalia possession accusations.

Court documents state that police responded to a home on Lake Elmo Drive on Monday after another driver reported a woman driving erratically.

Once there, police found Gress, who appeared to have coordination problems and was "jerky," the affidavit states.

The officer noted that her eyes were bloodshot and she was grinding her jaw, chewing her lower lip, which was raw from chewing, and moving erratically.

The officer noted several signs of drug use and asked Gress when she'd last use meth, to which she replied "within the past two weeks," according to charging documents.

When the officer searched her purse, he found a pipe commonly used to ingest meth and residue in the pipe, the documents state. After getting permission from Gress, he also found several baggies with what appeared to be residue in them.

Gress then told the officer that she'd smoked one or two "rocks" earlier in the day and that she'd used the pipe found in her purse, the court documents state.

Her 5-year-old twins were in the car when she was driving, according to the affidavit.

A judge set Gress' bond at $15,000 and ordered her to appear in District Court on July 16.