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Pike woman arrested on drug charges


SALYERSVILLE – A Pike County woman was arrested last week on drug-related charges after an officer reportedly noticed her struggling to keep her vehicle in her lane.

Early on Friday, April 5, Salyersville Police Department Officer Mike Nickels reported seeing a vehicle on the Mountain Parkway repeatedly weave across the yellow line, so he performed a traffic stop.

Nickels noted that the driver, later identified as Sara Elizabeth Newsome, 30, of Pikeville, had slurred speech and, once out of the car, was unsteady on her feet. After failing field sobriety tests, Newsome was arrested for driving under the influence.

After arresting her, Nickels searched the vehicle, finding a quantity of suspected cocaine and a straw in her change purse, according to police reports. 

Newsome was taken to Paul B. Hall Medical Center and read implied consent, but she refused blood work. 

According to the warrant, Nickels also found several checks made out to Newsome, written on accounts of other individuals, for amounts between $850 and $2,200. Through the investigation, Nickels contacted one of the account holders, who stated he did not write or sign the check in question. Another account holder was an elderly relative, with relatives telling police Newsome should not have had access to those checks. 

Newsome was housed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, with her bond set at $2,500 cash, and she has since been released.

She is currently facing the following charges: reckless driving (a violation); operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., first offense (Class B misdemeanor); buying or possessing drug paraphernalia (Class A misdemeanor); possession of a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, drug unspecified (Class D felony); and three counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree (Class D felonies). 

Nickels also noted that Newsome did have an employee identification badge from Johns Creek Elementary, but requests for comments regarding her title and status with the school district have not been answered at press time.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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