Alaska State Troopers (AST)

Alaska State Troopers have charged a Seward-area woman with felony drug possession after allegedly discovering methamphetamine in her car.

The woman, Kayla Sass, 27, has been charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Ordinarily a misdemeanor, the charge has been increased to a felony due to prior convictions under the same title, according to the criminal complaint.

Sass has been twice previously convicted of misconduct involving a controlled substance, according to online court records.

Troopers contacted Sass after a pedestrian reported being almost hit by a white truck on Herman Leirer Road, according to the charging documents.

Sgt. Benjamin Endres observed a white truck matching the caller’s description leave the stop sign at the intersection of Herman Leirer Road and the Seward Highway, cross the highway, and park “at an odd, approximate 45 degree angle” in front of the Good Buds marijuana shop, Endres reports in an affidavit filed with the Seward court.

Endres contacted the driver, whom he recognized from previous encounters as Sass. Sass “seemed confused,” “had difficulty standing still” and “was not making sense with her statements,” Endres writes.

Asked whether she had any drugs in her vehicle, Sass allegedly peered into the vehicle from the driver’s side window as though looking for something before saying that she did not.

She allegedly consented to a search of the vehicle, during which Endres found two small makeup bags, at least one of which contained a crystalline substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sass was arrested and taken to the Seward jail. She has been released on a $1,000 bond.