Thursday 18 January 2018

Drug-intoxicated woman let go by police at traffic stop dies after driving into river

Toni Anderson (Photo: Facebook)
Toni Anderson (Photo: Facebook)

Zainab Boladale

A drug intoxicated woman who was stopped by police but not given a sobriety test died just hours later.

Toni Anderson, a student of the University of Missouri-Kansas City reportedly had ethanol, cocaine and amphetamines in her system.

The 20 year old, who worked as a waitress in a club was reported missing from North Kansas City on Jan 15, the same night she was stopped for driving the wrong way up the road.

A Dash cam video released on Tuesday shows her giggling and slurring her words as she talks with a police officer at a traffic stop. "'Are you taking any medications or anything?" the police officer can be heard asking, to which she replied: "I feel sick."

"I don't feel good," she said, but she also told the police that she hadn’t been drinking.

The police officer told her to park up and gather herself. However, she did not have to perform a sobriety test and was let go with a warning.

"Cops don’t tell people they think are intoxicated to go collect themselves," her friend Mary Gillespie told the Kansas City Star.

"No, they are going to perform a Breathalyser test or other DUI testing and then determine if they need to take you in or not."

The police encounter was the last time Anderson was seen alive.

Following the stop, Anderson later died when her car went into the Missouri River.

Her body was later found inside her sunken car on March 10, a total of seven miles from the traffic stop.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office declared that a factor to her accidental death was due to her drug intoxication.

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