TROUP COUNTY, GA - On Friday, 10/1/10, the Troup County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit Deputy observed a vehicle parked outside the Circle K convenience store at 1503 Lafayette Parkway in LaGrange at approximately 5:00 am.
Inside the vehicle, a white female appeared to be either sleeping or unconscious. The Deputy asked the store clerk if she knew, roughly, how long the vehicle had been parked there.
The clerk stated that the female (driver) had entered the store and purchased a drink, before exiting to the vehicle and passing out in her seat, 30 to 45 minutes prior to the Deputy's arrival at the scene.
The deputy then approached the vehicle and attempted to rouse the female behind the steering wheel. After shaking her arm, the subject slowly awakened from her slumber.
When asked by the Deputy about her condition, she stated in a slurred manner that she was sleeping.
From the questioning, the deputy suspected that the subject may have been under some form of intoxication. He began to ask the subject a series of questions to attempt to determine her level of intoxication.
Lengthy pauses and incorrect responses continued to raise the deputy's concern.
At this point, he asked the female subject to exit the vehicle. As the pair approached the front of the patrol vehicle, the subject stated that the reasoning for her sleeping in the car on this occasion was due to the long hours she had been working.
She told the deputy that she had nothing alcoholic to drink prior to being found asleep inside her car. Further irrational answers led to a series of field sobriety tests.
The subject, again, performed miserably on the most recent tests. A subsequent field administered breath-alcohol test indicated that the subject had not been under the influence of alcohol.
The deputy asked the subject if she was under the influence of any prescription narcotics. The subject replied that she had been prescribed an amount of Oxycodone, but had not taken any of the pills.
The subject also admitted to having more prescription narcotics inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle and the subject's purse led to the discovery of plastic makeup containers holding an assortment of prescription pills.
The female subject then admitted to taking four Xanax pills; and, was subsequently placed under arrest. As the search continued, additional Klonopin and Methadone pills were found inside of other makeup containers from the vehicle.
The entire collection amounted to 28.5 Xanax, 27 Klonopin, 9 Methadone and several non-scheduled pills.
After being taken to the Troup County Jail, the subject stated that she had "discovered" the pills in her dresser drawer and decided to carry them with her. She said that the longer she carried them, the more she had the urge to take them due to a previous addiction to prescription pills.