Hawkins County woman facing charges after she was found passed out in car

Jeff Bobo • Oct 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County woman is facing several charges including DUI and drug possession after being found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle on a rural road north of Church Hill.

Shortly before 2 a.m. last Tuesday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Montgomery was dispatched to a 1992 Honda Prelude sitting in the middle of the roadway near 715 Morning Star Road.

Upon his arrival Montgomery found a woman unresponsive in the driver’s seat with the motor running and not wearing a seat belt.

Upon waking the woman, identified as Sandra Renae Matlock, 44, 3529 Stanley Valley Road, Rogersville, Montgomery allegedly observed her to have the symptoms of being under the influence of narcotics.

“I asked Ms. Matlock to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety, and as she stepped out she was very lethargic and confused,” Montgomery said. “Ms. Matlock was unable to tell me what location we were at, or what time it was. She also performed poorly on field sobriety (tests).”

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed Matlock to be in possession of two baggies of marijuana and a Tramadol pill bottle containing three blue oval tablets believed to be Lortab.

Montgomery also allegedly found rolling papers and roach clips.

Matlock was charged with DUI, violation of the implied consent law, possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule III narcotics, violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of the seat belt law.

As of Sunday, she remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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