Around 6 p.m. Monday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Josh Byrd was dispatched to be on the lookout for a gray Volkswagen Jetta traveling west on Highway 11-W in Church Hill.
Hawkins County Central Dispatch had received a complaint that the vehicle was being operated in a reckless manner and had almost struck two other vehicles.
About two minutes after receiving the call, Byrd reportedly observed the Jetta traveling west on 11-W, at which time he pulled behind the vehicle and observed its manner of operation.
Byrd allegedly observed the vehicle to be continuously crossing the centerline and fog line and conducted a traffic stop.
Byrd determined that the driver, Chasity Onalou Livesay, 20, 1602 Melinda Ferry Road, Bulls Gap, was under the influence of narcotics.
HCSO Narcotics Unit Lt. Chad Gillenwater said Livesay admitted that she had been smoking marijuana and taking Somas, a narcotic muscle relaxer.
She was initially charged with DUI, but a search of Livesay’s vehicle allegedly revealed her to be in possession of approximately 100 Carisoprodol pills, which is the generic form of Soma.
“It was also determined that Ms. Livesay was returning from purchasing the Carisoprodol pills, for which she did not have a prescription,” Gillenwater said. “During further search of the vehicle, officers also recovered a baggy of marijuana, sublingual Suboxone films and 40 syringes.”
Livesay was additionally charged with possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule III narcotics, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Livesay’s vehicle was seized for being utilized to transport illegal controlled substances.
She was released on a $7,500 bond and appeared for arraignment Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.