At 2:20 a.m. Jan. 10, TFC J. Linger of the Leonardtown barrack observed a vehicle being operated, Route 5 and Golden Beach, Charlotte Hall, with expired tags and a nonfunctioning tag light.

The driver was identified as Kristen Leigh Ward, 34, of Mechanicsville. Ward was subsequently arrested for DUI. A search incident to arrest was conducted and a plastic straw containing cocaine was found on the floorboard.

Ward was charged with DUI, Driving while Suspended, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of CDS Paraphernalia. She was taken to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center and held pending a bail review.