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Suboxone and $1,148 in cash seized during DUI traffic stop in Rogersville

March 10th, 2014 4:21 pm by Jeff Bobo

Suboxone and $1,148 in cash seized during DUI traffic stop in Rogersville

Shandi Alise Burton

ROGERSVILLE — A DUI traffic stop on Highway 11-W in Rogersville last week resulted in a large amount of cash and Suboxone being confiscated from a female passenger.

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert Greer reportedly observed an eastbound black Dodge pickup crossing the lane dividing lines and failing to maintain a proper lane near the Route 70 intersection.

Upon conducting a traffic stop, Greer reportedly observed the driver, Thomas Donal Wallen, 30, 1225 Carmichael St., Morristown, had slurred speech and constricted pupils.

Greer said Wallen’s performance on field sobriety tests indicated intoxication.

Wallen was charged with DUI third offense and violation of the implied consent law for refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test.

Wallen’s previous DUI convictions were in 2003 and 2004.

Wallen’s passenger, Shandi Alise Burton, 24, 217 Stanley Valley Road, Rogersville, was allegedly found in possession of 15 Suboxone strips and $1,148 in cash.

“Burton gave consent to search her cell phone which revealed specific text messages pertaining to Burton selling Suboxone,” Greer stated in his report.

Burton was charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to sell.

As of Monday Burton was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond. Wallen was released on $5,000 bond.

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