An incident allegedly involving drugs, self-mutilation and two juveniles in Hailey this winter has resulted in one felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and four misdemeanor charges filed against a Colorado woman.
Rachel A. Inscho, 38, was cited and released by a Hailey Police Officer following an incident at the Airport Inn on Jan. 26. According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Sgt. Charles Cox, Blaine County Communications dispatched officers for a welfare check on a female with two juveniles at the inn. Officers were informed by dispatch that the female was attempting suicide, according to the affidavit.
When Cox and reserve Officer Chris Pomeroy arrived on scene, they observed a juvenile male looking out a first-floor window. The male indicated to police that his mother was cutting herself and was blocking the entrance to the room. Officers helped to get him and his younger brother out of the room via the window and then proceeded to communicate with Inscho.
Inscho admitted to the responding officers that she had cut herself with a knife and “just want [to be] left alone tonight,” the affidavit states. The affidavit goes on to state that Inscho told officers that she, her two sons and her boyfriend had come from Colorado but that her boyfriend had taken their car and left them.
“‘We were supposed to get clean,’ by leaving Colorado,” the affidavit states.
According to Inscho, her boyfriend left her and the boys “because it was all gone and I didn’t have any more.” Inscho’s sons corroborated her story by telling officers that they had been kicked out of a friend’s house and that their mother’s boyfriend had taken their SUV. After the boyfriend left, the juveniles said, their mother started to cut herself.
Once officers managed to enter the hotel room, they smelled the “strong odor of burnt marijuana,” according to the affidavit. Officer’s confiscated Inscho’s purse after observing a glass jar containing a marijuana-like substance inside the bag. Later, while searching the bag at the Hailey Police Department, officers found 11 grams of marijuana, three clear glass pipes, two of which contained a white substance that tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine and a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal-like substance that also tested presumptively positive for meth.
Inscho was also cited for three misdemeanors of injury to a child, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, then released by officers after being treated for her injuries by EMTs. Cox could not be reached for comment to answer why Inscho was not taken under arrest at the time of the misdemeanor charges.
During arraignment in District Court on Monday, Inscho pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, and a pretrial conference was scheduled for Sept. 30. She had already pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges on March 11.