Felony charge added to shoplifting, P.I. suspect after pills allegedly found in bra at jail

Jeff Bobo • Jun 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County woman who was arrested last week in Church Hill on shoplifting and public intoxication charges later found herself in substantially deeper trouble for allegedly trying to smuggle pills into jail during her booking.

Brittany Blue Bailey, 24, 127 Henderson St., Surgoinsville, was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count of introduction of contraband into a penal facility, a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years.

Bailey was arrested by Church Hill police on June 5 shortly before 11 p.m. after she was spotted by the Food Lion manager allegedly attempting to conceal makeup and eyeliner in her clothing before trying to leave the store.

Bailey allegedly told CHPD Officer Kevin Grigsby she took the items “because she wanted them” and she didn’t have the money to pay for them.

“Upon my speaking with the defendant, she did appear to be under the influence of prescription narcotics,” Grigsby said. “Defendant had slurred speech, glassy, bloodshot eyes, and was unsteady on her feet. Her pants were also falling down, exposing half of her buttocks, and she seemed unconcerned.”

Bailey reportedly stated that she had taken her prescribed medication, which included Subutex and clonazepam prior to being arrested.

While she was being booked into the Hawkins County Jail, Bailey was asked by jail Officer Melissa Dykes if she had any illegal items in her possession. Bailey reportedly replied no, at which time she was searched by Dykes. 

Dykes allegedly located a pill bottle hidden under Bailey’s arm tucked in her bra. The bottle contained 1.5 white pills and half of a peach pill believed to be clonazepam and buprenorphine.

At the time of her arrest, Bailey was on probation for a shoplifting conviction in January that stemmed from an arrest at the Rogersville Walmart last June. Aside from probaton, Bailey was ordered to serve 10 days in jail at 75 percent and pay $90 in restitution.

Following her arraignment Monday, Bailey was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $2,500 bond. Her next court date is Aug. 18.                                                                           

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