CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – A loud muffler alerted Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Preston Mullins to an intoxicated driver last Thursday. Mullins was patrolling Queener Rd. and noticed the muffler on a gold Ford Explorer was louder than a factory muffler.
The deputy saw the SUV cross the yellow center line. Mullins stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Audrey Brooke King. While speaking with her, he noticed she had severely slurred speech and droopy eyes. Mullins asked King to step out of the Explorer, and she complied, according to a report from the sheriff’s department. However, Mullins said she was unsteady on her feet and was holding onto the car for support. A search of King’s SUV yielded a large quantity of used hypodermic needles concealed in a make up bag. She was then asked if she had any illegal substances to which she denied.
King was asked to perform field sobriety tests on which she performed unsatisfactorily. Mullins asked the woman if she had taken any kind of medication to which she replied she had taken Suboxone and was in detox from Opioids.
While being placed under arrest, King was asked if she had any contraband that she did not want to take into the jail. According to the report, King unbuttoned her pants and pulled a hypodermic needle from her waist area. King allegedly told Mullins that the needle was used for narcotic use.
King, 29 of 152 Easter Lane, LaFollette was charged with driving under influence (DUI). (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/10/2021-6AM)