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Scott traffic stop nets DUI, drug charges against Hawkins woman

September 9th, 2013 8:40 pm by Wes Bunch

Scott traffic stop nets DUI, drug charges against Hawkins woman

GATE CITY  — A Tennessee woman is facing several charges for alleged drunk driving and drug possession following a routine traffic stop last week  in Gate City.

 According to the Gate City Police Department, Rebecca Young, 29, of Rogersville, was taken into custody on charges of driving under the influence, possession of Schedule III narcotics and possession of marijuana as a result of the stop.

Young was booked Sept. 5  at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield before being released on a $1500 bond later that day.

Young was allegedly driving south on U.S. Route 23  in a Chevrolet Blazer when she was  observed traveling at a high rate of speed through the Gate City town limits.

   Gate City Police Chief Kim Birchfield said Young was clocked on radar driving 80 mph. Speed limits on that portion of Route 23 range from 45 to 55 mph.

After being pulled over, Birchfield said Gate City officer Scott Fink spoke to Young and found she was exhibiting “dazed and confused” behavior.

 Young reportedly told Fink  that she had taken Klonopin — an anti-anxiety prescription medication — earlier in the day.

Birchfield said Young performed poorly on her field sobriety test before being taken into custody and placed into Fink’s patrol car.

During search of Young’s SUV, Fink allegedly found bag of  marijuana that had been    hidden  the vehicle’s ashtray and another that was found  behind the glove compartment inside the dash of the Blazer.

Officers allegedly found an additional bag of marijuana and an undisclosed amount of Lortab painkillers inside Young’s purse when she was taken to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office for booking.

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