Police: Woman drove impaired with 9-year-old in car

Christopher Dornblaser
  • A Hanover woman is accused of driving under the influence of marijuana while a child was in the car.
  • Megan Leppo, 31, allegedly told police she smoked an hour before driving.
  • The child, 9, was in the front passenger seat, police said.
  • Leppo remains in York County Prison in lieu of $2,500.

A Hanover woman remains in York County Prison after police say she drove under the influence of marijuana while a 9-year-old sat in the passenger seat of her vehicle.

Megan Elizabeth Leppo, 31, of 556 Washington Ave., is charged with endangering child welfare and driving under the influence of controlled substances, among other charges.

Northern York County Regional Police say Leppo was seen driving above the speed limit in Jackson Township, and when she was pulled over, they smelled marijuana coming from the car.

The allegations: About 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 9, an officer saw a vehicle, later determined to be driven by Leppo, going above the speed limit near Spring Grove Area Middle School at 244 Old Hanover Road, documents state.

The vehicle, a white Kia Rio, was traveling west, and police clocked the car going about 46 mph, police said. The speed limit  there is 30 mph.

An officer pulled the vehicle over, and while he approached Leppo's car, she rolled down the rear passenger window and then the front passenger window, police said.

"I immediately recognized the strong smell of marijuana coming from within the vehicle," the officer wrote in charging documents.

A 9-year-old girl was in the front passenger seat, police said.

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The officer asked Leppo to step out of the car so they could talk, according to charging documents. The officer told her he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Leppo told him she had smoked it about an hour before, police allege.

Leppo completed field sobriety tests, and police say she showed signs of marijuana impairment.

She was taken into custody shortly before 10 that night, documents state. The 9-year-old was released to a family member.

The officer searched Leppo's car and found marijuana and a marijuana pipe inside, according to police.

Police say Leppo was convicted of a DUI in 2013, as well.

She was taken to Memorial Hospital for a blood draw, which was sent to a lab for analysis, police said. Leppo was taken to central booking, where she was arraigned on the charges, documents state.

As of Friday, she remained in York County Prison in lieu of $2,500 bail, according to a prison official.

It is unclear if she has an attorney.

Leppo's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at District Judge Thomas J. Reilly's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.