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Family Brawl Over Heroin Use, Sussex Woman Charged

A 22-year-old Sussex woman is caught with a bag of syringes by her parents after she gets out of a rehabilitation center.

A 22-year-old Sussex woman is facing charges after she was allegedly caught with a bag of syringes in her car, then got into a physical altercation with her parents.

Sara M. Padovano was charged in Friday with one count of disorderly conduct domestic abuse and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, she faces up to four months in jail and $1,500 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha County sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence Thursday in the W24500 block of Quail Run Lane after Padovano got into a physical altercation with her parents while trying to keep her purse away from them.

Her mother found a bag of syringes in Padovano’s car along with alcohol wipes and confronted her daughter about the items because she was recently released from a drug rehabilitation center in California.

“Give me my drugs, because I wanna be high if I’m going to jail.”

Padovano was trying to keep her purse away from her parents, so they assumed she was hiding heroin inside. They tried to get the purse away from her and eventually did so, however, her father suffered scratches to the chest and arms in the altercation.

When officers arrived, Padovano said, “Give me my drugs, because I wanna be high if I’m going to jail.” Padovano then told officers her dad had hit her and she had been trying to get away, however, there were no visible marks on her face.

She did have fresh track marks on her arm, which came from using heroin.

Padovano told officers she got the syringes from the needle exchange in Milwaukee, then purchased heroin on the north side, which she then injected.

She’s currently free on a $1,500 signature bond while awaiting trial. 

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