Police: NE Tennessee DUI mom with child in car lied about COVID-19 infection to avoid jail

Haley Marcala Baird

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman who was arrested on Wednesday evening on charges of DUI and child endangerment allegedly told police she had tested positive for COVID-19 in hopes that she might not have to got to jail.

Instead, the Rogersville Police Department went into “COVID-19 protocol,” which involved gloves, masks and extra protective clothing, while arresting Haley Marcala Baird.

Upon her arrival at the jail, Baird was placed in special clothing and a protective medical mask while jailers added their own extra protective clothing and mask during the booking process, after which Baird was to be placed in an isolation cell.

During the booking process, however, Baird reportedly admitted she had lied and hadn’t actually tested positive for COVID-19. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more.