A judge made drug defendant Carla S. Reed promise she would abstain from using drugs in the week before she reports to a Christian-based substance abuse treatment program.
Reed, 29, of 4490 Ohio 18, Wakeman, will be released Dec. 18 from the Huron County Jail after serving a misdemeanor sentence.
On Wednesday, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered her to report to the probation department immediately after she is released from jail. Reed must go to the Life Challenge program in Michigan on or before Dec. 27. The judge also said Reed, who was fined $250, would be drug-tested at least once before she goes to Michigan.
"I'm going to have you tested before you go," said Conway, adding that Reed may have two or three random drug screens.
The judge warned Reed if she tests positive, he will revoke her bond and impose a one-year prison term.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said Reed's record would make it appropriate for the state to recommend a prison term, but said she "wrote a nice letter" in which she expressed her interest in Teen Challenge. Life Challenge is a branch of Teen Challenge, which is for people of all ages with life-controlling addictions.
"Ms. Reed is well known to the court. She has a substantial criminal history," said Woodruff, who noted the defendant hasn't been able to get control of her substance abuse problem.
"You have served a previous prison sentence. ... You have had some success on community control, since you had completed it (on occasion)," Conway said about Reed's record.
"It seems you are sincere about making a change," the judge added.
Defense attorney Paul Dolce acknowledged his client has a "long-standing drug problem" and attributed Reed's criminal history to that. However, Dolce said Reed seems to be willing and able to "make a change in her life" and she believes Life Challenge is the proper venue to do that.
Reed apologized to her family Wednesday. She said she didn't realize until recently how much pain she has caused her family members.
"I've put them through a lot. I have very high hopes this (program) will help me become a better person, a better mom and a better daughter," she said.
In early September, Reed pleaded guilty to possession of heroin in exchange for prosecutors dismissing one related count of possession of oxycodone. On March 9, the Huron County Sheriff's Office found heroin in Reed's purse during a speeding-related traffic stop, authorities said.
Reed is on three years of intensive probation.