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9-20-2015


Suspect gets vehicle
stuck on railroad tracks

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

While attempting to flee from authorities, a 36-year-old female who authorities say appeared to be high on methamphetamine got her vehicle wedged between railroad tracks in Parkville.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 2 a.m., Parkville police made contact with the driver of a grey Ford Focus parked inside Platte Landing Park. The driver, Angelia K. Gibson, was observed holding her purse with bruised arms. Police say Gibson's bruised forearms were consistent with drug use by syringe injections.

When Gibson was instructed to step out of the vehicle, she asked if she was going to jail. Police said she was driving with a revoked license and told her she was being placed under arrest.

Gibson allegedly had accelerated the vehicle while it was in park, inadvertently revving the engine. She placed the vehicle in drive and traveled eastbound before her vehicle became wedged on railroad tracks north of English Landing Park.

Authorities say Gibson left the vehicle and hid behind a tree adjacent to Riverpark Drive. When police caught up with her, she was asked to perform a standardized field sobriety test. Gibson allegedly said, “No. I am dizzy and I don't feel like it.”

Authorities say Gibson agreed to submit to a breath test and recorded a .000% She was transported to North Kansas City Hospital to have a voluntary blood test.

Police say they recovered a syringe filled with methamphetamine from Gibson's purse.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Gibson of Kansas City with a class C felony of possession of a controlled substance and a class D felony of driving while under the influence. Court reports indicate Gibson has three prior arrests for drinking and driving.

Gibson remains in custody on a $20,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.