VALPARAISO — Ten years after driving drunk and causing a crash that resulted in the death of her close friend, Alysha Ramos is back behind bars and facing eight drug-related charges.
The list includes a felony count of neglect of a dependent based on allegations that 28-year-old Ramos allowed illegal drugs to be sold in the presence of her 6-year-old child, according to court records.
Ramos is charged with possessing heroin, hypodermic needles and other heroin-related paraphernalia, according to court records. She is also charged with possessing and dealing marijuana, possessing synthetic marijuana, allowing drug use at her Portage home and possessing crack pipes and other drug paraphernalia.
Ramos had violated the probation from her friend's death three times by using drugs.
She was sent to a local residential treatment facility following the first violation in 2009 and then released from probation unsatisfactorily in 2015 following the third violation rather than being sent to prison.
"I think we've done about everything we can do," then-Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa said in 2015. "Only you can change your future. I hope you do."
The accident in question occurred June 1, 2008, on County Road 1400 North, west of County Road 400 East. Police said Ramos, who was 17 and living in Westville with her boyfriend at the time, was westbound and looked down to close her phone, at which time her passenger, 17-year-old Alisha Purnick, yelled for her to pay attention before the vehicle left the roadway.
After the crash, Ramos asked responding residents to call for help, then she flagged down a passing motorist and left the scene, police said. A family acquaintance later returned her to the scene, and police said she had a blood-alcohol concentration twice the legal limit.
Alexa sentenced Ramos in August 2009 to two years of home detention and 57 months of probation after she pleaded guilty.
The current case has been assigned to the same courtroom, which is now headed up by Porter Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clymer.