Last updated: July 17. 2013 1:46PM - 1035 Views

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Rachel Baldwin

Staff Writer

WILLIAMSON - A female was arrested by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) following a one-vehicle accident that occurred in the Delbarton area last Friday.

Dorothy M. Spence, 30, of Wilsondale, was taken into custody by MCSD Sgt. J.W. Muncy and Deputy M.J. Miller on charges of DUI, DUS and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance.

On May 31, the defendant was allegedly operating a 1998 Ford F-150 on Rt. 52 when she ran off of the side of the roadway and down an embankment, into a ditch. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a fireman at the scene of the accident who relayed that he saw a passenger in the truck, Clancy Fields, take a dark colored bag out of the vehicle and proceeded to attempt to hide it in nearby weeds.

After recovering the bag in question, the officers discovered that it contained substances known to be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. They also located pills identified as Hydrocodone (5 mg and 7.5 mg), needles and syringes outside of the wrecked vehicle.

A breathalyzer test was administered to Spence, which she passed. She did, however, admit to police that she had “shot up” with methamphetamine prior to losing control of the vehicle and plummeting over the embankment. Spence attempted to complete a series of 3 field sobriety tests but was unable to do so, due to her intoxicated state.

The defendant was then transported to the Williamson Memorial Hospital to have a sample of her blood drawn for a drug-toxicology screen to determine the types and amounts of narcotics ingested. Upon performing a records check on the status of Spence’s driver’s license through the DMV, Deputy Miller was informed it had been suspended.

Spence was arraigned before Mingo County Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler who set bond at $4,000 on the charges. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden and is scheduled to appear in magistrate court next week for a preliminary hearing.

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