A woman who police say had a footlong machete and ax hidden under the driver’s seat was arrested earlier this month after being pulled over in a late night traffic stop in Key Biscayne.
Ashley Nicole Begley, 34, pleaded not guilty and was later ordered released by a judge for lack of probable cause, but the case remains pending, according to court records.
Begley gave a Port St. Lucie address.
According to Key Biscayne Police, Begley was driving a blue Infinity January 8th shortly before midnight. As the car was leaving the village, an officer noticed the car’s North Carolina temporary tag had expired, and she didn’t have a driver license when stopped.
A search found the ax and machete under the driver’s seat. Police also found a tin object they suspected had drug residue. The police report does not indicate any explanation for the items in the car.
A records check found Begley had a “felony past,” police said, without elaborating the details. Begley was charged with one felony count of possessing a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, and driving with a suspended license.
Begley, who was released on her own recognizance Jan. 9, is due in court next month for arraignment.