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Ridge woman arrested after trying to flee cops in Riverhead


New York State Police arrested a Ridge woman for attempting to flee police after she was found with drugs during a traffic stop Thursday in Riverhead.

Lori Baussman, 27, was a passenger in a gray Nissan on Route 58 that a trooper stopped for speeding and having tinted windows at about 11:30 p.m. While interviewing the driver, a trooper reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the car. The driver replied that people had been smoking in the car earlier that day, police said.

The officer searched the car and its passengers and found that Ms. Baussman, a backseat passenger, possessed used hypodermic needles, two glass pipes and one metallic spoon containing a white residue believed to be heroin, officials said.

While she was being placed under arrest she allegedly tried to run away, but was quickly apprehended. She also gave the trooper a fake name in an effort to hide the fact that she had active arrests warrants from Suffolk County, officials said.

She was charged with four misdemeanors: seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, resisting arrest and criminal impersonation.

She was scheduled to have a morning arraignment Friday, police said.