A woman has been arrested after allegedly flipping her car as she drove intoxicated in Piney Flats, claiming she swerved to miss an animal in the roadway, and while carrying her juvenile son as a passenger.
The teenage son reportedly told passersby who stopped that it was "an old crash" — therefore police didn't need to be called — and later became aggressive with officers working the scene. He was transported to a juvenile detention center, while his mother was additionally charged with resisting police as they took her into custody.
At approximately 7:40 Tuesday morning police were alerted to a crash in the 1700 block of Allison Road. According to reports at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, a deputy arrived to find a 1997 Oldsmobile resting on its top after it exited the road, hit an embankment and overturned.
Present at the scene were the driver, Jennie Stanley, 35, of 3520 Rock Hold Road, Bluff City, and her son. Police say a records check revealed her license was suspended, to which Stanley argued that it wasn't, and she then "kept arguing and jerking around" while being placed into the back of a patrol car.
Meanwhile, Stanley's son was also allegedly uncooperative. Records state he, "was coming at officers, saying we were not taking her to jail." When ordered to step back he reportedly refused and clenched his fists. After being warned that he could be taken to a juvenile detention center he allegedly stated, "Take me." Following a check for injuries from the crash he was transported to such a facility.
SCSO Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart says that prior to police arrival, the teen told passing motorists the wreck was "and old crash" and authorities weren't needed.
Multiple medication bottles were reportedly found in a bag beside the car, all of which were prescribed to Stanley. Police also allegedly located a pen cylinder that contained a white powdery substance.
An arrest report says Stanley performed poorly on field sobriety tests and "could not understand the directions." She's charged with DUI, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license and failure to have insurance.
Stanley allegedly said she wrecked after swerving to miss an animal in the roadway. Police were unable to verify her claim.