Drug use testimonies conflict in Weisenberg trial

Kaylee Weisenberg
Kaylee Weisenberg The Tribune

The Paso Robles woman accused of killing a CHP officer last year didn’t appear under the influence of drugs or alcohol in a field sobriety test, according to an agency investigator.

CHP investigator David Reed testified in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Monday that Kaylee Ann Weisenberg’s motor skills were normal and her pupils weren’t dilated in a way that would show someone was under the influence.

But Reed’s testimony contradicts other evidence, including an expert who testified Monday that Weisenberg had methamphetamine in her system.

Prosecution expert witness Barry Logan testified Monday that Weisenberg’s blood and urine tests showed meth in her system.

Weisenberg is accused of four charges, including second-degree murder, in the crash that killed Officer Brett Oswald on June 27, 2010, on South River Road near Paso Robles.

Reed said he did a field sobriety test of Weisenberg at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, where she was taken after the crash.

He tested her on motor skills by having her hold each leg in the air for 30 seconds, touch her nose, and walk heel to heel, which she handled, Reed testified.

When Reed asked her to count to 30 in sync with a clock, she counted to 15. Defense attorney Thomas McCormick sought to show that a faster count would have indicated possible meth influence, which speeds up thinking.

Reed also said her eyes weren’t dilated in a way consistent with meth use, and her heart rate was within normal range, so he concluded she wasn’t under the influence.

But other testimony has indicated otherwise, including from friend Jose Acevedo, who reportedly told police he’d smoked meth with Weisenberg the morning of the incident. In testimony last week, though, he denied he had seen her smoke meth.

The trial continues today at 10:30 a.m. before Judge John Trice.