By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - A Kermit woman was arrested on a felony third-offense DUI charge after she attempted to pick up her medication from a local pharmacy while in an intoxicated state, the arresting officer said.
According to information obtained at the scene, Angela Zeek, 48, was operating a vehicle in the Tug Valley Pharmacy drive-thru on Second Avenue in Williamson when she was observed by the cashier to be speaking with slurred speech and appeared to be under the influence. The employee called Mingo County 911, requesting the assistance of an officer.
Williamson City Police Patrolman J.D. Tincher responded to the call and administered a three-part field sobriety test to the defendant that she was not able to successfully complete. Zeek allegedly told the officer that she had taken prescription medication prior to operating her vehicle.
Upon closer inspection of the car, Tincher discovered it contained an “interlock” system that the defendant is required to breate into before the engine will start. The arrest on Monday would turn out to be the defendant’s second third-DUI offense, Tincher said. Zeek also allegedly was driving on an expired driver’s license, which had caught the attention of the pharmacy technician who had waited on her.
Tincher took the defendant to Williamson Memorial Hosptial for drug and alcohol testing, which produced positive results for barbiturate and opiate use, the officer said. Zeek allegedly admitted to ingesting hydrocodone, Fiorcet and Neurotin earlier in the day.
After receiving medical clearance for jail, Zeek was remanded to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning by Magistrate Pam Newsome. Zeek will remain in jail pending bond.
“If you are behind the wheel of a vehicle and are intoxicated, you will go to jail,” Tincher said. “A driver that’s under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a great danger to themselves and everyone else on the highway, and it will not be tolerated.”