WOODINVILLE, WA -- A local couple arrested Sunday after they were allegedly caught speeding with the woman's three children and a small dog locked in the trunk has been charged in Snohomish County Court.
Anna Marie Boyle, 28, faces three felony counts of endangerment with a controlled substance for exposing a child to methamphetamine.
Aaron James Johnson, 27, faces three felony counts of endangerment with a controlled substance.
Both Boyle and Johnson live in Woodinville.
Boyle was driving a 2007 Nissan Sentra when she was pulled over by a Washington State Patrol trooper just before 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Reports said Boyle was driving 77 mph in a 60-mph zone on Interstate 405 in Bothell at the time.
The trooper said after the vehicle pulled over, he approached and immediately smelled marijuana. When asked about it, Boyle reportedly said, "I smoke two hits earlier," and told him a small bag of the drug was in the vehicle.
The trooper said Boyle permitted a vehicle search, which reportedly turned up the bag of marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia covered in meth and heroin residue.
About 30 minutes into the search, the trooper said he thought he could hear the deep base of a radio playing inside. The sound turned out to be a pounding coming from the trunk and when another officer opened it he found three children and a small dog inside, according to police reports.
The children, an 8-year-old girl, and two boys, 5 and 7, were taken into protective custody – and reportedly fed lunch by troopers after the kids said they hadn't eaten since the day before. The small dog was also taken into protective custody.
Although Boyle said the kids had crawled into the trunk, a guitar, snowboard and other items filled up the backseat, the report said.
Boyle and Johnson were taken to the Snohomish County Jail. Prosecutors have until Oct. 12 to decide whether to file additional charges.