By IVY HERRON
A traffic stop lead to the arrest of a Sullivan County woman by the Clay City Police Department for possession of cocaine.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, 911 dispatchers received a call from a motorist alerting law enforcement of a reckless driver. The unidentified caller told dispatchers that a motorist, who exited I-70 and turned southbound on S.R. 59, was driving erratically.
"The caller said they witnessed the driver of a 1986 Mercury Cougar stop in the middle of the intersection of U.S. 46 and S.R. 59, shut off their lights and sit there for a few minutes before continuing south on S.R. 59 (to Clay City)," Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs said.
Skaggs and Det. Terry Silvers observed Sandra Kaye Kaiser, 51, of Sullivan County, swerving from one side of the road to the other while driving at approximately 20 mph.
"(Kaiser) was ricocheting back and forth across the highway, so we pulled off the road to avoid the possibility of her hitting us," Skaggs said. "After passing us, she stopped and shut off the vehicle's lights."
Kaiser took off again, but was stopped by the two officers at a gravel parking lot near C.R. 250 S.
Skaggs said he detected the smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle and requested Kaiser take a breath test. She said the smell was from alcohol accidentally spilled in the vehicle earlier and that she was not drinking. She agreed to take the test, and passed it.
But due to her odd behavior, Silvers asked her to take field sobriety tests when Clay County Reserve Deputy Chris Robinson arrived as back up.
As Kaiser exited the vehicle, the officers saw her drop a cellophane bag containing a substance that later tested positive for crack cocaine on the ground. When questioned if she had any other drugs in her possession, Kaiser admitted that another bag was in her pocket.
Kaiser was taken into custody and transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a urine sample drug test. She tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.
Kaiser was arrested and preliminarily charged with possession with cocaine or a narcotic drug, driving while suspended and operating a vehicle with BAC .10 or schedule substance. She was booked into the Clay County Justice Center to await arraignment with a $7,000 cash bond.
An elderly passenger in the car at the time of the traffic stop, who was supposed to be in Kaiser's care, was taken to the Clay County Jail until family members could be contacted.