In an unusual twist of events, a local woman, who called to complain to the authorities herself, was recently arrested instead on various drug-related charges.
According to Indiana State Police officials, Misty L. Hamblen, 45, Center Point, was taken into custody while attempting to report a trespassing complaint at an undisclosed location Thursday morning.
However, when ISP Trooper Troy Cobb investigated the complaint, Hamblen was arrested on various preliminary charges, including possession of marijuana under 30 grams, possession of paraphernalia, theft, criminal mischief and maintaining a common nuisance.
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office, which is currently reviewing the case file for formal charges, is familiar with Hamblen.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Hamblen was in court pleading guilty and being sentenced for two separate criminal incidents.
On July 21, she was formally charged with class C felony intimidation, class D felony criminal recklessness and class A misdemeanor public intoxication in Clay Superior Court.
In a separate incident on June 18, Hamblen was formally charged with class C misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.
Public defender Matthew Effner represented Hamblen in the subsequent plea agreement negotiations for both matters.
Hamblen appeared for a hearing consolidating both cases before Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers on Wednesday. She withdrew previous not guilty pleas in both matters and pled guilty to count 2 (criminal recklessness) in the July 21 matter and count 2 (OVWI endangering a person) in the June 18 incident.
After Hamblen entered into the agreement on a voluntary and factual basis, Akers found her guilty. Waiving a pre-sentence report, Akers sentenced her to a period of 18 months at the Indiana Department of Correction for the July case, one-year incarceration at the Clay County Justice Center for the June case and allowed good time credit for 96 days (48 actual days) previously served. The remaining portion of the two sentences was suspended and Hamblen was placed on consecutive probation periods for the suspended time.
Hamblen's driver's license was suspended for a period of 180 days, retroactive to the first date of any mandatory suspension by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The remaining counts in both cases were dismissed.
Jail officials at the Clay County Justice Center confirmed Hamblen remained in custody with a $7,000 cash bond (no 10 percent allowed) to await formal court proceedings as of Friday evening.