An off-duty state trooper noticed a car failing to stay in its lane and maintain its speed. So, he called Deputy Isaac Phillips with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.
Trooper Corey Poteet was on Hwy 63 in Claiborne County near the Campbell County line when he noticed the vehicle. Phillips was able to find the vehicle on General Carl Stiner Hwy (aka Hwy 63) and noticed the driver failed to maintain its lane several times. When Phillips stopped the vehicle, he noticed the driver had constricted pupils and severe dry mouth. Phillips asked the driver, who was identified as Sonya Lynn Brown, if she had taken any legal or illegal substance, according to the report from the Sheriff’s Department. Brown allegedly told Phillips that she had a prescription for several different medications and had taken suboxone prior to driving but did have a prescription for it.
After several field sobriety tests, Brown was arrested and transported to the jail. During the booking process at the jail, one oval shaped pill believed to be an illegal substance was found on her that was believed to be Gabapentin.
The 48-year old Brown is from Middlesboro and is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), drivers to exercise due care, possession schedule III-controlled substance and intro of contraband into a penal facility.
Brown made her $500 bond and was released. She is scheduled to appear in court this morning. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/07/2019-6AM)