CHURCH HILL, TN (WJHL) – Church Hill Police Department officers arrested a woman Thursday on DUI, reckless endangerment and drug charges, following a two-vehicle crash on North Central Avenue.
According to a CHPD news release, officer responded to the scene, where they saw that a green Nissan Altima had crossed the left of center line in a curve and hit a maroon Toyota Camry in the driver side.
The victim said he had minor injuries in the crash, but refused transport by EMS.
A witness told officers that he was traveling behind the Camry on his motorcycle and had to quickly get out of the way to avoid hitting the Altima head-on after it hit the Camry.
Brandy Rebecca Ford, 42, of Church Hill, appeared to be impaired, spoke with slurred speech, was unsteady at her feet and uncooperative with first responders, according to the release.
Police said Ford denied taking any narcotics, but later said she had taken Xanax and was too impaired to perform a field sobriety test.
Ford reportedly almost fell to the ground several times and was unable to provide proof of insurance for the vehicle.
Officers found several drug paraphernalia items, including syringes, cut straws with powder residue and spoons with burnt marks in the vehicle.
Ford refused a blood test and was taken to the Hawkins County Jail.
A search of Ford at the jail revealed she had a pill bottle of 35 blue pills believed to be Alprazolam concealed down the leg of the pants she was wearing.
According to the release, the pill bottle and narcotics were not prescribed to Ford.
Ford was charged with driving under the influence, possession of a schedule IV drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving left of center, failure to provide proof of insurance, two counts of felony reckless endangerment and introduction of narcotics into a correctional facility.
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