A Napa teenager was ordered last week to stand trial for cocaine possession and other charges after a testy hearing during which a police officer was accused of having filed his report to prosecutors after the suspect spurned his romantic advances.
But Judge J. Michael Byrne on Thursday found there was enough evidence to have Nicole Filutze, 18, to stand trial on charges of drug possession and transportation of a controlled substance, according to court records.
Byrne made his ruling after Filutze declined to agree to a plea that would have allowed her to have the charges dismissed after 18 months if she completed a drug diversion program.
Filutze, an exotic dancer in San Francisco, was stopped on Sept. 6 at an American Canyon mobile home park at 160 American Canyon Road, where drug activity had been reported, according to court testimony. A Latino man who was seen in her SUV was not in the vehicle when it was stopped as she tried to leave the mobile home park, police said.
Filutze, who was interviewed at the Public Safety Building on Donaldson Way, told police she had cocaine in her possession, police said. The net weight of the drug was 0.02 grams, according to court testimony.
American Canyon Police Officer Ryan Woolworth said Filutze handed him the suspected cocaine in a glass jar after grabbing it in her purse.
Woolworth, the only witness to testify Thursday, said he submitted the report for the District Attorney’s Office to review on Sept. 15 after Filutze declined to become a drug informant.
Over the objections of prosecutor Gary Van Camp, defense attorney Rebecca Feigelson of San Francisco on Thursday introduced as evidence in court copies of what she said were “flirtatious” text messages Woolworth sent Filutze after the Sept. 6 stop.
Feigelson accused Woolworth of filing the report only after she spurned his sexual advances, sending her text messages almost daily for 10 days after the stop. Asked by Feigelson if the messages were “appropriate,” Woolworth answered “I do not.”
Woolworth, 33, also admitted meeting Filutze on his day off at Starbucks on Redwood Road in Napa.
Woolworth said his field notes were destroyed and unbeknownst to him, the audio-video system at the Public Safety Building in American Canyon was out of order.
After Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Feigelson said her client is ready to fight the charges through a jury trial if she has to. The next hearing is Jan. 7.