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Sheriff's Office: Johnson City woman faces drug, child endangerment charges after motorist tells deputy about driver with crack pipe

Staff Report • Jul 9, 2013 at 6:45 AM

A Johnson City woman was arrested Sunday on several charges including child endangerment after another motorist told a sheriff's deputy she was smoking a crack pipe as she went through a Jonesborough traffic light.

Barbara Lee Weidner, 35, 1214 W. Main St., was arrested following the incident that began at the intersection of Boone Street and West Jackson Boulevard about 5 p.m. Sunday.

Washington County Deputy Tim Moore provided an account of the arrest in an affidavit of complaint filed against Weidner.

He reported that Lt. Eddie Graybeal was at the traffic light when a car pulled next to him and informed him that the driver of a black Ford Explorer had just gone through the light while smoking the pipe.

Graybeal quickly found the Explorer, which was traveling at high speed, and turned on his blue lights. The driver took a long time to pull over but finally made a left onto Hillbert Circle, pulling across U.S. Highway 11E in front of two vehicles.

Moore arrived and spoke with Weidner, who had trouble following is directions. Moore noticed black marks on her hands consistent with burns.

Moore learned that Weidner's license had been suspended for having too many citations. He took her into custody.

Searching her purse, deputies found as glass pipe consistent with drug abuse, a small plastic bag containing white powder and a cigarette pack with similar powder, which tested positive for cocaine. In Weidner's pocket, deputies found 5 alprazolam pills.

Because she pulled across 11-E in front of the two vehicles, deputies charged her with child endangerment. As she was arrested, Weidner became agitated, cursed at Moore and beat the cruiser's door.

Weidner also was charged with driving under the influence, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, two counts of simple drug possession and driving on a suspended license.

She was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond with arraignment set for this afternoon.

Note: An earlier version of this article pictured the wrong person in a photo inadvertently provided by the Sheriff's Office.

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