LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – LaFollette Police Officer Anthony Mahar was dispatched to Food Lion on Fri., Dec. 9 around 10pm. The 911 called alleged there was a female in the parking lot passed out in the driver seat of a red vehicle. When Mahar arrived, LaFollette First Responders were on scene and were able to get the woman, identified as Sonya Deshea Bell, awake and were checking her sugar levels and heart rate.
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A LaFollette First Responder told Mahar that the woman’s sugar was a little bit low but still in the safe range, and it would not have caused her to pass out, according to a report from the LaFollette Police Department. Bell refused medical treatment.
Mahar spoke with Bell who was still in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Bell then began messing with the levers on the steering column. When asked what she was doing, she stated that she was trying to figure out how to work the lights and windshield wipers. While Bell was talking with the officer, he noticed that her speech was slurred, and her eyes appeared to be droopy.
Mahar asked Bell for her driver’s license and vehicle registration to which she replied that she didn’t have any of it. Mahar then asked if her license was suspended or if she just didn’t have them, and she reported that she didn’t have them. A check of her driver’s license revealed her license was revoked. When Mahar checked the license plate on the vehicle, it came back to a different vehicle, Bell allegedly told Mahar there was no insurance on the vehicle.
After a series of field sobriety tests, Bell was placed under arrest and put in handcuffs. When Mahar asked if she had anything illegal on her, she told him no. Mahar requested Officer Mallory Campbell to come and search Bell before placing her in his patrol car. When Campbell arrived, she asked Bell if she had anything illegal on her, and she told her no. While checking Bell’s pockets Campbell found two clear bags. One of the bags had two ounces of a green leafy substance, and the other bag had seven and a half white pills that she allegedly reported were Xanax. Also in the pocket were six loose orange pills that she allegedly reported were Gabapentin.
Bell, 49, 703 S. 7th Street, LaFollette was charged with driving under influence (2nd offense), possession of schedule IV controlled substance, possession of schedule V controlled substance, driving on revoked/suspended (2nd offense), violation registration law, violation of TN financial law and possession of schedule VI controlled substance. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/21/2023-6AM)