An alleged drunken incident on a bus brought police to a woman who has had a misdemeanor drug charge dragging out for a decade.
Kelly Clute, 37, pleaded not guilty Monday in Rutland criminal court to a single misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. The hearing also served as an update in a 2008 misdemeanor charge of possession of a narcotic.
Public defender Dan Stevens was assigned to represent Clute in both cases.
Clute was arrested in March 2008 after a traffic stop in which police found her with marijuana and Hydrocodone, according to affidavits. She was scheduled for an arraignment in May of that year, according to court records, and when she failed to appear, Judge William Cohen issued a warrant for her arrest.
Court records indicate she was at large for the next nine years, though they also show the court had her date of birth wrong for some of that time. It was corrected and a new warrant was issued in early 2011. Still, it would be another six years before police found her and brought her to