Hawkins County authorities seize AK-47, cocaine from DUI suspect

Jeff Bobo • Nov 11, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Police allegedly found an AK-47, two pistols and a small amount of cocaine in a vehicle early Saturday morning during an investigation into a fight between two women near Rogersville.

Shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to an area on Horsehoe Bend Road just south of Rogersville on a report of a possible fight between two women.

Deputy Nathan Simpson stated in his report that during the investigation one of the women involved said she had a ride on the way.

A few minutes later a vehicle approached the area where the incident occurred and stopped a short distance away.

Simpson said he motioned for the vehicle to come forward, but the vehicle didn’t move.

The deputy then went to find out why the vehicle hadn’t moved and found Debra Sue Rogers behind the wheel of a 1997 Chevrolet Venture minivan allegedly showing signs of impairment including bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol.

Rogers, 40, 254 Horseshoe Bend Road, Rogersville, allegedly told the deputy she’d consumed “two beers and one shot.”

Simpson said Rogers was unsteady on her feet and performed sobriety tests poorly, at which time she was arrested on a charge of DUI.

“I then advised Ms. Rogers that I was going to tow her van and would need to inventory it,” Simpson stated in his report. “I asked her if there was anything illegal in the van, and she said ‘just my guns.’ During the inventory I found the guns — one AK-47 rifle, one musket pistol, one 9 millimeter Smith and Wesson semiautomatic pistol, and three open alcohol containers.”

Rogers was booked into the Hawkins County Jail, after which Simpson searched the back seat of his patrol car where she’d sat on the ride to jail.

Simpson said he found a small package of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine near where Rogers had been seated.

A search of Rogers’ pockets at the jail allegedly revealed her to be in possession of two pipes.

Rogers was charged with DUI, possession of a handgun by an intoxicated person, violation of the open container law, violation of the implied consent law, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of cocaine.

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