Tampering with evidence earns Hawkins woman 3-year sentence

Jeff Bobo • Aug 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Church Hill woman who hid a stash of pills from police in her shorts during a DUI traffic stop this past June, and later tried to dispose of more hidden pills in the jail toilet, was sentenced to three years Thursday after pleading guilty to several charges including two counts of tampering with evidence.

The night of June 22 police had been contacted to be on the lookout for a Honda driven by Kayla Brooke Johnson, 22, 221 Country Lane Lot 7, Church Hill, following an altercation that took place at her residence.

She was located driving eastbound on Highway 11-W near the New Canton Road intersection, and following a short chase, stopped on Goshen Valley Road.

Johnson was unable to perform a field sobriety exam, admitted she’d taken Suboxone,and told the deputy she was pregnant.

Marijuana, rolling papers, a marijuana “one-hitter” pipe, and several syringes were found in the vehicle.

Johnson was seen retrieving a pill bottle from her purse and stashing it in the crotch area of her shorts.

She was asked to take out the pill bottle and place it in the trunk area of her vehicle.

Later Johnson was sitting in the trunk area of her vehicle because she was unsteady on her feet. When she got up the pill bottle was missing.

During a search at the jail a female jailer reportedly saw a white object protruding from Johnson’s privates.

Johnson was placed in a monitored cell, and another jailer allegedly observed Johnson place something in the toilet. When jailers entered the cell there was a pill bottle on the table with Johnson’s name on it, but no pills.

Johnson admitted she brought Suboxone pills into the jail, and then flushed them to avoid further charges.

She appeared before Circuit Judge John Dugger Thursday and pleaded guilty to two counts of tampering with evidence, a Class C felony, as well as felony evading arrest, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI and driving on a revoked license.

Johnson will be eligible for parole after serving 30 percent of the three year sentence, and she was also fined a total of $1,510.

Other guilty pleas heard Thursday by Dugger included:

•Anthony Evan Spears, 24, 323 Oak Trail, Rogersville, who was sentenced to three years, fined $4,000, and ordered to pay $238 in restitution to the HCSO for delivery of Schedule II narcotics and deliver of controlled substance analogue.

•Ladonna Marlene Adams, 23, 309 Western Heights Drive, Rogersville, who was sentenced to two years and a day, fined $100, and ordered to pay $459.98 in restitution for theft over $1,000.

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