Platte City woman accused of stealing car from neighbor, found with drugs

A Platte City woman faces a trio of charges — including two felonies — after she allegedly stole an acquaintance’s car, allegedly to go and retrieve illegal drugs. Courtney Vincent

According to a probable cause statement, the alleged victim contacted the Platte City Police Department on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 24 to report the stolen car. Within an hour, Courtney Vincent, 21, was under arrest and found in possession of a Fentanyl patch and her brother’s prescription pill bottle containing Fluoxentine.

Fentanyl is a pain reliever, and Fluoxentine is an anti-depressant.

Vincent remains in custody at the Platte County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 cash-only bond. She’s charged with felony drug possession, felony tampering with a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license.

According to court documents, Vincent went to a neighboring apartment on O’Rourke Drive and allegedly choked the victim and took her keys and then the car. The officer who took the victim’s statement and shortly after located the blue PT Cruiser traveling southbound on Fourth Street.

Upon turning around, the officer didn’t find the vehicle again until locating it parked and locked on Carmack Street.

Another officer then located Vincent at the top of Todd and Collins streets and detained her. She was placed under arrest just before 5 p.m. and was observed to be crying and physically upset. An officer noted that she more than once said that she did not take the car and was given permission to take the car to pick up a friend.

According to the probable cause statement, Vincent only ran from the police because an unidentified male she was picking up told her to park the car and leave it. Upon locating the keys to the PT Cruiser in Vincent’s pocket, the officer also felt a poke.

The item was later determined to be the Fentanyl patch. The Fluoxentine was later found in a search of her purse. She stated she was taking the prescription because she couldn’t afford to buy her own.

Under questioning, Vincent claimed she went to the apartment to borrow the car to get money for gas after her dad kicked her out. She also said that the Fentanyl belonged to her dad, and that they share the patches often.