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Walmart fender bender results in arrest for drug possession, DUI 3rd offense

Jeff Bobo • Aug 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville woman who was charged with drug possession and DUI third offense late last month following a fender bender at Walmart won't have to stand trial until February thanks to a crime lab backlog.

On July 31 shortly after noon Rogersville Police Department Officer George Henry was dispatched to an "intoxicated female" complaint at the Walmart parking lot on Rt. 66.

The female, who was identified as Kimberly Dawn Stapleton, 42, 410 Arrowhead Drive, Rogersville, had allegedly struck a parked car in the parking lot, Henry stated in his report.

When Henry arrived at the scene he observed Stapleton behind the wheel of a 2011 Chevy Equinox wit the key in the ignition.

"Ms. Stapleton's speech was slurred, her eyes were bloodshot, and she was very unsteady on her feet," Henry said. "Due to Ms. Stapleton's intoxicated state she was unable to perform any field sobriety tests."

Stapleton allegedly admitted she'd been taking oxycodone and the narcotic sleep aid "Ambien."

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed Stapleton to be in possession of eight 10-milligram oxycodone pills and one 5-milligram Ambien, which were located in a pill bottle in the console.

Due to Stapleton's intoxicated state she was transported to the Hawkins County Memorial Hospital emergency room for medical treatment, Henry said. She also submitted to a blood draw at that time to determine her alleged level of intoxication.

On Aug. 2 she was formally charged with DUI third offense, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics and no insurance.

She was released from the Hawkins County Jail Sunday on $10,000 bond.

A Feb. 11 trial date was set in Hawkins County Sessions Court due to a lengthy backlog of blood samples needing toxicology analysis at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

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