Phantom Finger Leads to Drug Arrest for Stillwater Couple

If convicted, Ashley Brooker, 22, and Nicholas Doyle, 25, face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A Stillwater couple was arrested for possession of methamphetamine last week after a 22-year-old woman was seen frantically searching a vehicle for her boyfriend's "missing finger."

Ashley Marie Brooker and Nicholas Thomas Doyle, 25, both of Stillwater, were each arrested for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance Nov. 20 after Stillwater Police found methamphetamine and syringes in their vehicle which was, at the time of arrest, parked outside the emergency room of . 

According to a criminal complaint filed Nov. 21 in : 

Stillwater police responded to the hospital parking lot after an emergency medical technician (EMT) reported seeing an "extremely agitated" woman flailing her arms.

When approached by the EMT, Brooker said she was looking for a finger as she frantically searched the passenger's side of the vehicle.

The EMT noticed what was described in the complaint as "severe pock marks, scarring and scabs on the woman's face" and believed her behavior to be consistent with methamphetamine use. The EMT then called police.

Responding officers questioned Brooker and were told that her boyfriend, Doyle, severed a finger and that she believed it to be somewhere inside the vehicle.

After asking Brooker to exit the vehicle, officers found her to be speaking very quickly unable to control her movements.

Officers also noticed the cap to a hypodermic syringe on the driver's seat when Brooker got out of the car. She then admitted to having a syringe full of what was later found to be methamphetamine in the driver's console. 

Meanwhile, a second responding officer located a man inside the hospital fitting the description of Doyle. When questioned by police, Doyle said he cut his finger but did not sever it.

Doyle also admitted Brooker drove him to the hospital.

Police searched Doyle and found a hypodermic syringe cap in his left front pocket. Doyle declined to be interviewed at the time of arrest.

A second empty syringe was found in a post-arrest investigation of the vehicle.

Brooker was transported to Washington County Jail after admitting to have used methamphetamine. She told police she hadn't slept in six days.

If convicted of the charges against them, Doyle and Brooker both face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Russ R. December 07, 2012 at 05:26 AM
With a felony conviction on their record what hope is there for them to ever hold a decent, legal job after they get out of prison. Prison is a big punishment now and getting off the drugs may prove almost impossible but if they do through this period what is left for them with the stain of a felony for the rest of their lives. For this kind of crime, that kind of a mark on them at some reasonable time should be wiped clean. I drive a tractor trailer and a kid who was asking me about getting on with my company because he is looking to better his life will have no chance anytime soon because a year and a half ago after being pulled over for a traffic stop a cop found what small fragment of a joint that had been forgotten about in his cars ashtray. He didn't receive much of a punishment right off from the law but now his chances of growing up and getting any kind of a good job doing this are shot now for the next number of years.
Beth December 19, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Meth is a very sad dark path to go down. Addiction to any drug is sad and horrible, it destroys lives. And it doesn't mean that your a bad person, I have seen Meth destroy alot of really good people. Its heartbreaking, it makes you a total different person, it destroys your self confidence which then makes it harder for you to ask for help or to want to get clean, then on to the point to where all you care about is getting your next fix. And then you hit rock bottom, and from there it is either getting busted and going to jail or death. I have seen people get locked up for years and get out and straighten their lives up and I have seen people who get locked up, and get out and go right back to it. I dont think neither jail or rehab will make a person get clean. The only thing that will make a person get clean, is if that person truly wants to get clean and straighten up their life. Nobody, not jail, rehab, friends, family or force can make a person get clean, its up to the addict only, if they want to get clean. And some people like the drug lifestyle and they never learn, and then there are people who do change their life for the better. But only you and you alone can make that choice, you have to want it for yourself.
Bo Citro January 02, 2013 at 12:38 PM
You said it perfectly.
Sarah D'Avis October 10, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Rehab works if the person wants it to u must be a f n idiot to say sumone is a meth head cuz they say the person needs rehab!!
Sarah D'Avis October 10, 2013 at 09:31 AM
u can get more drugs n jail then on the streets n e one who thinks jail is a solution to a drug problem needs to go spend a week in jail they will be a drug addict when they get out


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