Couple suspected of being on bath salts charged with public intoxication

Jeff Bobo • Aug 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM

CHURCH HILL — Church Hill police responded to a complaint of a woman being chased by a man driving a pickup truck Sunday afternoon and ended up arresting the couple, who were allegedly high on bath salts.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, CHPD Sgt. Chad Mosley responded to a call on North Central Avenue of a female being chased by a male driving a blue Chevrolet S-10 pickup toward Jaycee Park.

Mosley said he observed a blue S-10 parked along North Central Avenue and observed a white male identified as Steven Willard Collins, 26, 1000 University Blvd. Apt. B-9, Kingsport, walking toward the creek.

“Collins stated he was arguing with his girlfriend, Latisha Roberson, who took off running toward the creek,” Mosley said. “I found a female in a overgrown area standing in the creek who was later identified as Latisha Roberson. I talked Roberson out of the creek in an attempt to find out what was going on.”

Mosley added, “Roberson said she was trying to get away from Collins, but stated that he did nothing to her. I observed needle tracks on Roberson’s arms and neck. She admitted to me that she had shot Subutex in her neck recently.”

Mosley said that based on his experience, it appeared that Roberson, 20, 3604 Watterson Street, No. 11, Church Hill, was under the influence of bath salts or other hallucinogenic drugs, and she was arrested and charged with public intoxication.

Meanwhile CHPD Officer Brian Boggs made contact with Collins in the middle of the parking lot of Jaycee’s Apartments at 110 Pridemore Street.

Boggs said that Collins had been in two previous altercations at that apartment complex and Boggs had personally told Collins not to be back on the property and that he was not welcome by the tenant.

“When I made contact with Collins, he was very belligerent, sweating very profusely and could not sit still or maintain a conversation,” Boggs said. “Based on my experience, I believe he was under intoxication of a bath salt or hallucinogenic type drug. I asked Collins if he had anything illegal in his vehicle, to which he replied ‘No’. I asked for consent to search in which he consented.”

Boggs allegedly found a hypodermic needle lying in the door panel on the driver’s side and a cut straw with white residue inside lying in the dashboard along with two small bags of a white crystallized substance.

Collins was then arrested and charged with public intoxication, criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The powder was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab to be identified, and further charges are pending.

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