Woman charged with DUI after driving to Elizabethton Police Station

John Thompson • Mar 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A woman who drove to the police station to file a complaint about some property she loaned that had not been returned found herself behind bars on a DUI charge over the weekend.

In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, Caralynn Margaret Welker, 32, 331 Sneed Hill Road, was also charged with driving on a suspended license and possession of schedule IV drug.

Officer James Sexton of the Elizabethton Police Department said he had received a 911 transmission to be alert fro a Dodge Caravan in which the driver was reportedly driving without a license. He then saw a van matching the description turn into the parking lot of the police station.

Sexton met with the driver, who was Welker. While taking her complaint, he asked for her identification and reported that she handed him a state identification card which was not a valid driver’s license. He checked Welker’s driving record and found she had been suspended for failure to satisfy a citation. He said he asked her about driving to the police station. She told him she had no one else to driver her.

While talking with her, Sexton said, he noticed Welker’s speech was slurred. He asked her if she was taking any prescription medication. She said she was taking Xanax. He administered a series of sobriety checks, which he said she performed poorly. He also noticed that she had six Xanax tablets in two pill fobs.

Welker is scheduled to answer the charges in Sessions Court on April 16.

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