LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – On Saturday morning, just before 9 am, Campbell County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joe Hopson answered a call of an unresponsive male in a car.
The 2003 Buick LeSabre was sitting half in the roadway and half in a yard with the engine running. The driver of the car was slumped over in the driver’s seat as the car sat on Demory Road at High Knob Road.
Hopson knocked on the window of the vehicle and shook the vehicle for about two minutes and was unable to get the driver to respond. The sergeant then opened the door of the vehicle and shook the driver, who began to slowly come to. Hopson could smell a strong odor of Marijuana coming from the sedan. He also noticed the driver had watery eyes and pinpoint pupils, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Department.
When the driver was able to get out of the vehicle it took approximately a minute, and he was unsteady on his feet. At this point, the driver allegedly said, “I must have fell asleep when I parked here.” He stated to Sgt. Hopson that he did not have the vehicle running and thought he was in the passenger side of the vehicle and did not know where he was. He allegedly admitted to taking one third of a Xanax and smoking marijuana, according to the report.
Before completing the field sobriety tests, Hopson decided to stop the testing due to the driver identified as Tyler Wayne Conley almost falling.
While Conley was being arrested, he admitted to having a “rig” needle. “Rig” is the term used to describe the hypodermic needle, together with the other tools needed to prepare and use drugs.
While searching the man, Hopson found two pills believed to be schedule IV drugs. Inside the car were two pill containers, a tourniquet, a needle and a set of digital scales based on the report.
Conley, 36, 305 Tionesta Drive, Jacksboro is charged with driving under influence (DUI), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule VI-controlled substance, violation of TN financial law and failure to maintain control of vehicle. This was the 14th booking for Conley. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/24/2020-6AM)