Sandra Renae Matlock, 45
ROGERSVILLE — A Surgoinsville woman who was apparently stranded at the Hawkins County Justice Center after her son was arrested in court last week was charged with drug possession and public intoxication in the parking lot.
The son, Zach Matlock, was scheduled to appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court on Jan. 13 for arraignment on charges including domestic assault and vandalism. On that day, however, a failure to appear warrant was issued for him, and he was taken into custody in court on Jan. 15.
On Jan. 15 shortly before 5 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tammy Lucas, who works in the Justice Center’s courtroom lobby area, observed a woman sitting in a running pickup in the parking lot.
Lucas said the woman, Sandra Renae Matlock, 45, 3529 Stanley Valley Road, Surgoinsville, had been sitting in the parking lot for about an hour, so Lucas made contact with Mrs. Matlock.
Other officers responded as well after it became apparent that Mrs. Matlock was allegedly intoxicated.
Matlock reportedly stated she was waiting for a ride to pick her up because she didn’t have a license to drive the truck without an interlock device due to a previous DUI conviction.
“(Mrs. Matlock stated) she had rode to court with her son who got arrested there for failing a drug test,” Deputy Jeff Hilton stated in his report. “Officers observed her to have slurred speech and her pupils appeared pinpoint.”
Matlock allegedly told Hilton she didn’t take narcotics and had no prescriptions. She reportedly failed a field sobriety test, and she was arrested for public intoxication.
During a search, deputies allegedly found Mrs. Matlock to be in possession of a percocet pill in her jacket pocket, and an alprazolam prescription bottle in her purse with her name on it which contained 16.5 alprazolam and one Lortab.
Hilton said a criminal history search revealed that Mrs. Matlock has two prior drug possession charges in 2012, prior public intoxication charges in 2009 and 2012, and is currently serving a community corrections sentence for a 2013 DUI conviction.
Aside from public intoxication, Mrs. Matlock was additionally charged with simple possession of Schedule II narcotics, and simple possession of Schedule III narcotics.
On Jan. 17 she was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $500 bond and is scheduled for trial on March 19.