Tionesta woman accused of child endangerment while DUI

A Tionesta woman is facing charges that include endangerment and DUI following a crash in which two juveniles were in her vehicle.

Meadville state police said in a criminal complaint they were called at about 3:30 a.m. March 8 to assist Franklin state police at a crash on Route 322 involving Shawna R. Santella, 42.

Santella was found with the two juveniles in a field along Route 322, the complaint said.

Santella and the juveniles weren’t hurt, and Santella said she had swerved off the road to avoid striking a deer, the complaint said.

Police said that during questioning, they noticed Santella’s eyes appeared bloodshot and that she smelled like marijuana, according to the complaint.

A search of her bag revealed two glass smoking pipes containing burnt marijuana and more than 130 pills, some of which were labeled U33, which is the label for Lorazepam, a medication similar to Xanax, the complaint said.

Santella admitted smoking marijuana recently, and upon police performing field sobriety tests they determined she was unfit to drive, the complaint said.

Police later detected several other items Santella tried to hide in her clothes that included two glass smoking pipes containing drug residue, a burnt metal spoon and three hypodermic needles, according to the complaint.

She is facing two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children, two misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person and misdemeanor counts of DUI, adult/muti/dest label, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.