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GCPD: Reckless driving leads to assault on officers, drug stash in woman's body

Nick Shepherd • Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 11:13 AM

GATE CITY — A traffic stop earlier this week led to multiple drug charges against two Wise County residents. However, things got worse for the duo after the male fought police and after jail officers found meth hidden inside the woman’s body, according to a press release.

On Monday, the Gate City Police Department received multiple complaints of a white Jeep Compass almost hitting several vehicles head-on. GCPD officers observed the SUV swerve across the center line and nearly strike a truck while traveling on East Jackson Street.

Police then conducted a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Christy Doffermyer, 37, 321 Gilley Ave., Big Stone Gap, was arrested for reckless driving. The passenger allegedly gave officers a different name and date of birth, but he was later identified as Justin Skaggs, 34, Coeburn. He was arrested for giving false information to law enforcement.

Skaggs had three warrants for his arrest out of Wise County charging him with hit and run, vandalism and driving on a revoked license.

A search of the vehicle turned up an unlabeled bottle of prescription medication with several types of pills inside, several cell phones, several plastic baggies, other baggies with an unknown substance, digital scales, a cutting mirror with powder residue on it and a large sum of cash, according to the release.

After going before a magistrate, Skaggs allegedly became argumentative and refused to heed police commands while at the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the release states. On two separate occasions, multiple officers were needed to control and secure him. Skaggs allegedly assaulted four officers, two of whom went to the emergency room with minor injuries.

Skaggs also allegedly damaged property belonging to the SCSO.

Skaggs and Doffermyer were transported to the Duffield Regional Jail. Officers there allegedly found narcotics hidden inside Doffermyer’s body. According to the release, further investigation revealed the items to be several baggies of methamphetamine, several baggies of oxycodone and several other plastic baggies.

Doffermyer was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to distribute and reckless driving.

More charges are pending against her, including the introduction of narcotics into a jail facility, the release states.

Skaggs was charged with three counts of possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to distribute, four counts of assault on law enforcement officers, threats to law enforcement officers, two counts of obstruction of justice, giving false information to law enforcement and destruction of property.

Both are being held without bond.

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