Richland Three people were arrested on suspicion of heroin possession and two others were arrested on warrants Sunday night stemming from a Richland police investigation into reports of reckless driving.
Police first encountered Taunya F. Diedrich, 39, of Moon Lake, on Saturday night when an officer reported seeing her commit several traffic infractions while driving near Columbia Center Boulevard. A search of her purse reportedly turned up drug paraphernalia and traces of "probable heroin," police said.
Diedrich was booked on suspicion of heroin possession, while Skyler Todd, 25, of Loon Lake, a passenger in Diedrich's vehicle, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Another passenger, Sean Eddings, 24, of Kettle Falls, was believed to be linked to another bag containing drug paraphernalia and probably heroine that police found when searching the car.
Eddings was released at the scene on Saturday, but arrested on suspicion of heroin possession on Sunday after a resident in Hills Mobile Home Park off of Queensgate Drive in south Richland reported a reckless driver on Valleyview Circle, police said.
The Richland officer who responded to the call believed the description of the car matched Diedrich's vehicle from the Saturday incident. He didn't find the car, but traced it to a home in the park, police said.
At the home on Valleyview Circle, the officer talked to Mary Voelkl, 59, of Richland, and reportedly observed drug paraphernalia on a table in sight of the doorway. When he tried to ask Voelkl about it, she is alleged to have slammed the door shut.
Police talked Voelkl into opening the door again several minutes later, and arrested Voelkl on suspicion of heroin possession after getting a warrant and searching the home.
Another occupant, Kristina Franseen, 23, of Hermiston, was arrested on outstanding warrants.
While investigating the home, Eddings is reported to have driven up in the vehicle described in the reckless driving report. He was arrested after police discovered he was in possession of probable heroin and drug paraphernalia.