Melisha R. Martin
A Smithville woman who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday is facing multiple charges after she was allegedly caught with prescription sedatives while being booked in the Rutherford County jail.
Melisha R. Martin, 39, was arrested just before 6 p.m. near the intersection of Old Lascassas Road and South Rutherford Boulevard, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
She has since been charged with a DUI first offense, violation of the implied consent law, and attempting to bring contraband into a penal institution.
After Officer Blake Troutman observed Martin fail to yield the right of way and conducted a traffic stop, he reported she appeared to have blood shot eyes, slurred speech, and “did not know where she was in Murfreesboro.”
“I asked Martin if she had consumed anything, and she advised (to taking) an undetermined amount of Tylenol PM, but that was it,” Troutman reported, at which point Martin was asked to perform field sobriety tests.
When she failed to complete the tasks as demonstrated, Martin was placed into custody and transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
“I advised Martin on two separate occasions that if she had anything illegal on her to tell me before we got to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, but she said she did not have anything,” Troutman reported.
When Martin was asked to empty her pockets, however, deputies discovered the sedatives, resulting in the contraband charge.
Martin was booked and held on a $4,500 bond, and she is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on all the charges Thursday, Oct. 4, in General Sessions Court.