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Mother reportedly put child out of car to smoke marijuana

June 28th, 2007 12:00 am by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE - Police attention was drawn to two alleged marijuana smokers Tuesday after someone phoned in a report of a young girl running alongside a car on Highway 11-W in Rogersville.

Police later learned that the duo in the car had allegedly put the 10-year- old child out of the car because they wanted to smoke marijuana out of the child's presence.

Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Allen was dispatched to Highway 11-W near Rogersville Tuesday shortly before noon on a report of a young girl running beside a white Chevrolet Beretta.

Allen stated in his report that he caught up with the suspect vehicle on North Brownlow Street, where he conducted a traffic stop.

The driver, Donna Carol Reynolds, 47, 301 Stanifer St., Rogersville, told Allen that the girl is question was the daughter of her passenger, Sarah Alice Testerman, 29, 307 Depot St., Rogersville.

"The passenger, Mrs. Testerman, admitted that the two were going to smoke marijuana and didn't want her daughter around them when they were smoking," Allen stated in his report.

Testerman also allegedly admitted to having a small plastic bag of marijuana, which Allen said he found in her purse.

The child was not present when Allen conducted the traffic stop, and Testerman told the deputy she believed that her daughter had "probably ran back home." HCSO Detective Jeff Greer went to the residence and did find the daughter there safe.

A computer check of Reynolds revealed her license was suspended in 2002 for failure to satisfy a citation, and she was charged with driving on a suspended license. Testerman was charged with simple possession of marijuana.

They are both scheduled for arraignment in Hawkins County Sessions Court on July 2.

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