A Stollings, W.Va. resident was arrested Oct. 31 after she reportedly crashed her car through a fence.
Trooper N.C. Boothe, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reports he responded to a call of a vehicle left abandoned after an accident on Neibert Cemetery Road.
Boothe was reportedly able to speak with property owner who stated they saw the driver, Tiffany Baisden-Tackett, 36, of Stollings, attempting to remove her vehicle from the fence.
The witness reported Baisden-Tackett was unable to free her vehicle, so she left the engine running and began walking down the road.
While checking the vehicle’s information through WVSP Communications, Boothe reportedly discovered an empty beer can in the vehicle.
While taking photographs of the crash, Baisden-Tackett returned to the scene of the accident accompanied by men in a red truck.
When she exited the vehicle, Boothe reportedly noted Baisden-Tackett was unsteady on her feet and proceeded to exhibit slurred, almost incoherent speech.
Baisden-Tackett allegedly admitted she had been driving the car and stated she had swerved off of the road to avoid another vehicle.
However, when Boothe asked Baisden-Tackett if she had been drinking, she reportedly replied she had been drinking and that she had not swerved off of the road to avoid another vehicle.
Baisden-Tackett reportedly proceeded to fail the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, walk-and-turn and one-legged stand field sobriety tests.
During a preliminary breath test, Baisden-Tackett reportedly registered a .292 blood alcohol content — nearly four times over the legal limit of .08.
During a search of Baisden-Tackett’s vehicle, Boothe reports he found a purse containing the defendant’s identification, a straw with yellow pill residue and a suboxone strip.
WVSP Communications reportedly informed Boothe that Baisden-Tackett’s license had been suspended for unpaid citations.
After transporting Baisden-Tackett back to the WVSP Logan Detachment, Baisden-Tackett reportedly registered a .256 blood alcohol content on the intoximeter.
Baisden-Tackett has been charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated DUI, simple possession of a controlled substance, driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to maintain control.
If she is found guilty on all counts, she could be forced to spend up to one year in a state correctional facility and pay up to $2,600 in fines.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]