Langsdorf could face prison over drug charge
MARIETTA – A New Matamoras woman admitted Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to being in possession of synthetic marijuana during a traffic accident in March.
Elizabeth S. Langsdorf, 52, of 1695 State Route 260, pleaded guilty as charged to a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs.
Langsdorf was found in possession of XLR-11, more commonly known as synthetic marijuana, after a March 1 traffic accident where Langsdorf went left of center along Ohio 7 and hit a guardrail.
“She was involved in a single-vehicle collision and the Highway Patrol arrived,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.
Responding troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol noticed several signs indicating Langsdorf was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
“She was exhibiting severe mood swings, bouts of confusion, dilated pupils,” Erb explained.
Langsdorf admitted to officers that she had smoked some of the substance prior to driving and that she still had more in her possession, said Erb. A search of her car yielded some of the drug, commonly referred to as K2 or “spice.”
Synthetic marijuana has been illegal in Ohio since October 2011.
Langsdorf was also found guilty in Marietta Municipal Court of a minor misdemeanor failure to control charge and a first-degree misdemeanor OVI charge resulting from the same incident. According to Marietta Municipal Court records, Langsdorf was sentenced to 33 days in the Washington County Jail for the OVI charge, but had 30 days suspended in exchange for Langsdorf undergoing counseling and receiving no new charges.
The fifth-degree felony drug possession charge carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. Langsdorf is scheduled to be sentenced at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6.