Woman high on heroin charged in fatal St. Peters wreck


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on May 9, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 3:58 AM

(KMOV) – A woman who told police she had injected heroin before causing a wreck that killed two people in St. Peters last month has now been charged in their deaths.

Christine Brown was charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, Brown was driving under the influence of heroin around 5 p.m. on April 13 when she crossed the center line and collided with a vehicle near the intersection of Willot and Spencer.

Ruth Thimming and Donald Gemeinhart, who were both in the other vehicle, died in the wreck.

Police said an officer seized a syringe from Brown’s bra while treating her wounds. He then walked towards her vehicle and spotted a capsule containing heroin in the driver’s seat.  Authorities said the officer searched the rest of the vehicle and found five more capsules filled with the drug.

According to court documents, Brown admitted she had just injected herself with heroin shortly before the wreck.

Records indicate Brown has previously been arrested for fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.

She told police she was a severe heroin addict and spends between $100 and $150 a day on the drug.

Information on Brown’s bond was not immediately known.