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Wisconsin Dells woman charged with possessing electric weapon

August 3, 2017 GMT

A Wisconsin Dells woman has been charged with possessing an electric weapon after police found what was described as a Taser that doubles as a flashlight in her purse.

The criminal complaint against 33-year-old Kathleen L. McNamara says a Reedsburg police officer stopped a vehicle Sunday for multiple traffic offenses.

There were reportedly five people in the car, with McNamara sitting in the back seat. The officer conducting the stop reported that he noticed “track marks” on her arm, which he thought indicated heroin use.

After she was questioned by the officer, McNamara allegedly admitted that she was carrying a Taser in her purse. “Kathleen stated the Taser was also a flashlight,” the officer reported.

Police deployed a drug-sniffing dog on the car, which allegedly indicated the existence of drugs. The officer searched the vehicle and reported finding an elastic band he said is typically used to inject heroin, as well as a scale with residue on it.

McNamara was arrested and charged with felony possession of an electric weapon, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of bail jumping.

She was jailed on $50 cash bond and is due in court Sept. 7.