Late Wednesday night Kennewick police responded to what's believed to have started as a welfare check on a driver seen passed out behind the wheel of their vehicle.

The driver, identified as 27-year-old Jennifer Brito of Pasco, was parked in the southeast corner of the Winco Foods parking lot. Some nearby business owners and shoppers noticed her in the vehicle and called police.

According to police reports piecing together information from various witnesses, she was believed to have been there at least four hours. When awakened and asked to exit the vehicle, police say she tried to hide various drug related items by shoving them down between the two front seats. Police impounded her car for investigative purposes to search for narcotics.

Brito is now facing various drug charges in the Benton County jail.

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