LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Campbell County Deputy Nathaniel Bostic was traveling on General Carl Stiner Highway on April 4 when he noticed a black car parked at an angle in the road at Stiner Hwy and Davis Chapel Rd. Bostic initiated his emergency lights and got out of his patrol car. The parked car then pulled out and traveled up to the stop sign and turned left onto General Carl W. Stiner Hwy. It continued west as Stiner Hwy turned into East Central Ave. Bostic finally caught up to the vehicle at Food Lion, and he continued to follow it while running his emergency lights. During this time, Bostic noticed the sedan exit the lane of travel three times. At this point, he turned on his siren multiple times, but the Chevy Cruze continued to drive west on East Central placing the right turn signal on giving the intent of pulling over. The car slowed down to approximately 29 mph in a 40-mph zone and eventually stopped on N. Massachusetts Avenue.
Bostic approached the 2016 Chevy and noticed the driver, who was identified as Michelle May Phillips, had slurred speech, restricted pupil size and was having a hard time gathering her personal information that was requested. A check of the driver’s license revealed her license is valid. However, Phillips has a history of driving under the influence with the last conviction being 2013. When Bostic returned to speak with her, he noticed something white in her mouth. As she exited the vehicle, Bostic noticed that Phiilips staggered to the right. When asked about the substance in her mouth, she replied that she did not take anything. Bostic also noticed a white substance in her teeth as well as on her tongue.
After a series of field sobriety tests, Bostic told Phillips that she was being arrested for driving while under the influence. When asked if someone could come and pick up her vehicle, Phillips became belligerent and started cursing at Bostic and other officers present according to the report.
Phillips, 42, 191 Donna Lane, LaFollette is charged with drivers to exercise due care, violation of TN financial law, driving under the influence (2nd offense) and violation implied consent law. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/16/2020-6AM)