Adrianna Nicole Griffin-Billingsley(Photo: Polk County Jail / Special to the Register)
A 23-year-old mother suspected of smoking marijuana while driving a car with her 2-year-old daughter in the backseat was arrested late Thursday in Polk County, authorities said.
Adrianna Nicole Griffin-Billingsley of Omaha was charged with child endangerment and first-offense operating while intoxicated. She was booked into Polk County Jail shortly after midnight.
Griffin-Billingsley’s arrest stemmed from a warrant issued by Ankeny police in connection with an Aug. 21 traffic stop.
An Ankeny police officer stopped Griffin-Billingsley at about 12:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in the 1100 block of East First Street, Ankeny, because she appeared to be driving with her headlights turned off, according to a criminal complaint filed in court against Griffin-Billingsley.
When the officer approached Griffin-Billingsley’s car, he smelled marijuana, and he found a half-smoked joint on the floor of the car near the driver’s seat, according to the complaint.
Griffin-Billingsley’s 2-year-old daughter was in the backseat of the car, according to the complaint.
Griffin-Billingsley appeared intoxicated and allegedly admitted to the officer that she had smoked marijuana earlier that day, according to the complaint. The officer conducted field sobriety tests with Griffin-Billingsley, including a breath test that showed no evidence of alcohol use.
Griffin-Billingsley submitted a urine sample at the police station and was released without being charged that night, according to the complaint.
Test results from that sample were recently returned and showed that Griffin-Billingsley was intoxicated by marijuana, which led Ankeny police to issue a warrant for her arrest, Ankeny Police Lt. Brian Kroska said.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested her on that warrant Thursday.
“Usually we wait for the results from the state crime lab (before arresting someone on a drug intoxication charge) just to be sure and get our probable