Hearing Set for Tomorrow for Local Woman Behind Bars on Drug Charges After Authorities Find Her ‘Tweaking Out’ on Bridge in Oil City

Jacob Deemer

Jacob Deemer

Published February 20, 2024 5:28 am
Last Updated: March 28, 2024 4:44 pm

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) – A local woman who is behind bars on drug charges and parole violations after police found her yelling and “tweaking out” on a bridge in Oil City is due in court on Wednesday afternoon.

Court records show a preliminary hearing for 42-year-old Kelly Jean Chrispen (Lincoln), of Oil City, is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, at 1:30 p.m. with Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish presiding.

She faces the following charges:

  • Flight To Avoid Appreh/Trial/Punish, Misdemeanor 2
  • Disorderly Conduct-Unreasonable Noise, Misdemeanor 3
  • Use/Poss of Drug Paraph, Misdemeanor
  • Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct, Summary

Unable to post $5,000.00 monetary bail, she is currently lodged in the Venango County Prison.

According to a criminal complaint, the Oil City Police Department received a phone call around 2:47 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, from a “concerned citizen” reporting that Kelly Chrispen was “yelling and tweaking out” near the Wye Bridge and Willow Street, in Oil City, Venango County.

At this time, OCPD Officer Joshua Long requested the dispatcher to check Chrispen for outstanding warrants, the complaint states.

Officers responded around 2:52 p.m. and found Chrispen sitting near the railroad tracks. Before officers started speaking with Chrispen, she got up and started yelling, “I didn’t do anything wrong,” and began to walk away. Chrispen was told by police to stop yelling and stop walking away multiple times.

Chrispen was taken into custody, and a search incident to arrest was performed. The search yielded a hypodermic needle that appeared to be used inside of Chrispen’s pant pocket. Another officer located two more hypodermic needles in Chrispen’s purse, the complaint notes.

Officer Long noted multiple indications that Chrispen was under the influence of a controlled substance, according to the complaint.

During the search incident, Chrispen was repeatedly yelling at officers to get off her and that she didn’t do anything wrong. Chrispen was then advised to stop yelling, which she did not, the complaint states.

Police also determined that Chrispen was absconding from State Parole, the complaint indicates.

Chrispen was arraigned at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, in front of Judge Fish.

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