Tell-Tale Plop Lands Woman in Jail After Drug Test Turns Violent: Cops
A New Lenox woman previously convicted on a methamphetamine charge allegedly attacked the county employee paid to watch her provide a urine sample. And her boyfriend was charged with possessing hand grenades a couple months ago too.
A New Lenox woman charged with cheating a drug test last year was allegedly up to her old tricks again Tuesday, and this time she attacked the county employee paid to watch her pee in a cup, police said.
Christina Sepsis, 33, of 221 Haines Ave. was charged with aggravated battery and trying to foil or defeat a drug test in connection with the incident in the courthouse basement.
Sepsis is on probation for a 2011 conviction for possession of methamphetamine. She was charged with stealing clothes, a purse, sunglasses and candles from the Kohl's in Frankfort as part of the same case, but the one count of retail theft was dropped.
The terms of Sepsis' probation require her to submit to regular drug tests. During one of those drug tests in June 2011, Sepsis was allegedly caught smuggling a temperature-controlled urine sample into her appointment at the courthouse.
Sepsis was charged with trying to foil or defeat a drug screen but the case was dropped. Now she's caught the exact same case, but with the added charge of attacking the test observer.
Sepsis' latest troubles started when drug test observer Shelli Williams heard a "plop" and saw Sepsis pluck something from the toilet and stash it in her pocket, Assistant State's Attorney Joel Brown said during a Wednesday bond hearing.
When Williams told Sepsis to hand over what was in her pocket, Brown said, Sepsis pushed Williams against a wall and flushed away whatever she was holding. She later claimed it was a tampon, Brown said.
Judge Marzell Richardson set Sepsis' bond at $35,000.
A man with the same address as Sepsis—39-year-old George Crocker—was charged in September with carrying two hand grenades in his car. A source said Crocker was Sepsis' live-in boyfriend before he was arrested and taken to the Cook County jail on two counts each of unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and possession of a controlled substance.
Lemont police officers had reportedly found Crocker lying outside the open door of a car in the parking lot of a McDonald's. He was incoherent, police said, and while paramedics were trying to render first aid, an officer spotted one of the two hand grenades on the car's center console.
The police evacuated the McDonald's. Crocker remains in jail and is due in Cook County court Dec. 10.
During Wednesday's hearing, Sepsis said she has no money for a lawyer. Her case was sent to the Will County Public Defender's office.