Police: 2015 accident result of drug deal gone awry

Recorder Staff
Monday, January 08, 2018

SHELBURNE — An Ashfield woman was arraigned in Greenfield District Court Friday as a result of a 2015 incident involving a drug deal and subsequent car accident.

Wendy Tetreault, 49, of Ashfield was arraigned on charges of distributing a Class B drug and possessing a Class E drug. She was advised of the potential for bail revocation and will return to court for a pretrial conference on April 9.

In his report, Shelburne Police Patrolman Jeffrey King wrote that he responded to an accident with injuries on the evening of Nov. 11, 2015, on Colrain Shelburne Road. Upon arrival, he found Tetreault, along with passerby Jonathan Churchill, standing beside the car.

According to King’s report, Churchill pulled him aside to say while he was driving down Colrain Shelburne Road, he witnessed two cars spinning around the Highway Department’s lot before taking off toward the Mohawk Trail. Tetreault’s car had crashed into a guardrail.

Churchill reportedly told King that Tetreault confided in him she had met the other driver, Charles Cummings, at the Highway Department to sell him suboxone. According to the report, Cummings left without paying her, and Tetreault pursued him before crashing.

Tetreault later told King the same story, his report reads.

“She stated she knew it was not a smart thing to do,” King wrote. “At this time, I informed her that what she was doing was illegal. She stated she did not think so as she was not selling narcotics.”

Tetreault’s husband arrived to take her to Baystate Franklin Medical Center for leg and back pain, the report reads.

Meanwhile, King searched the car, reportedly finding drug paraphernalia in plain view: two straws, steel wool, two spoons and baggies. King’s report states he also found a pill container labeled “risperidone” that held paracetamol and codeine tablets, a white powder, and a gel-like patch wrapped in foil, which Tetreault later explained was her suboxone. She reportedly stated the white powder was baking soda.