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Kim L. Brinkley

A Murfreesboro woman who police believe was high on drugs Saturday when she rammed into the back of a truck on Northfield Boulevard could be facing significant jail time if convicted of all the charges levied against her.

Authorities have charged Kim L. Brinkley, 53, with one count of reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence.

Brinkley, who at the time was wanted for violating her probation, is accused of fleeing to her residence at Oakland Apartments moments after the wreck, which occurred at about 7 p.m. near the intersection of Edinburgh Lane.

According to the arrest report, an eyewitness notified the Murfreesboro Police Department about the accident and began following Brinkley as she fled the scene toward Lascassas Pike.

Just as she was turning onto Hazelwood Street, Officer Christopher Wilkins spotted Brinkley in her vehicle, which had a “bumper hanging on the ground and a busted tire,” and initiated a brief pursuit.

“I determined that the vehicle matched the description of (Brinkley), who was driving dangerously in inclement weather with no regard for public safety and committing several violations,” Wilkins reported, adding Brinkley then jumped out of her car and ran into her apartment, though she eventually agreed to surrender.

Noting that she exhibited all of the “common signs of cocaine usage,” Brinkley allegedly admitted to smoking crack a few days earlier but would not say whether any drug use played a role in the wreck.

During a subsequent search of her vehicle and apartment, Wilkins reported police found a crack pipe, illegally obtained pills and other drug paraphernalia.

Brinkley was later transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where she remains in custody on a $23,750 bond.

A preliminary hearing on all the charges has since been scheduled for Thursday, May 2, in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

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April 12, 2013 at 8:20pm
She isnt on crack in the picture. bahahaha
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