Probation, community service for meth use, 911 hangup

Published 9:28 am Friday, May 11, 2012

A woman who injected meth with a man who called 911 in October was sentenced Thursday in Mower County Court.

Akiemie Marie Sweet, 38, of Austin, was sentenced to five years’ probation and 40 hours of community service. She must complete a psychological evaluation, attend a narcotics class and submit to random chemical testing. One felony charge for fifth-degree drug possession will be removed from her record if she completes the terms.

Police Captain Dave McKichan said police received a call around 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2011, but the caller hung up. Officers tracked the call to the 1600 block of Second Ave. SE, where they found Joshua Quinlan and Sweet, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and hard drugs. There were also two young children in the home, McKichan said.

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According to a court complaint, officers noticed that Quinlan was restless and had rapid, exaggerated gestures. Quinlan spoke with officers and reportedly admitted to doing meth. Police located dirty syringes in an outside garbage can, according to the complaint. The syringes tested positive for meth.

Police also noticed “track marks” on both suspects’ arms, the complaint states.

Sweet initially denied using meth, but later admitted Quinlan had injected her with the drug, which caused her pain and led to him calling the police.

According to the complaint, Quinlan allegedly became unruly as police arrested him. He reportedly attempted to kick out the back window of the squad car. The complaint states he then tried to escape the car by jumping out and ramming his head into an officer’s stomach.

The man was maced, at which point he allowed officers to arrest him.

Quinlan was sentenced to probation March 16 under a plea