RENSSELAER — The Rensselaer Police Department arrested 44-year-old Amy Downs of Rensselaer Oct. 29 for allegedly being under the influence of drugs in public.

At approximately 3 p.m. that day, the Rensselaer Police Department received a call from a local business in reference to a woman who may be under the influence of an unknown substance.

An officer arrived and spoke with the woman, who was identified as Downs. She reportedly had difficulty speaking and keeping her balance. She then allegedly admitted to taking pills she was not prescribed, police said.

An RPD detective and an officer were given permission to search Downs’ purse and located various prescription medications inside.

According to police, Downs was released from the scene while officers continued the investigation to see if she had a valid prescription for the medication.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., police received another call about Downs, saying she was standing in the middle of the road in front of City Hall. Officers again approached her and reported her as saying “that her daughter was inside the police department collecting rocks.”

Police said Downs did not have a prescription for any of the medication she had in her possession and was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared prior to being taken to the Jasper County Detention Center. She was booked on charges of public intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor, possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of a legend drug, a Level 6 felony.