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Woman on drugs stops traffic on Homer Road

by Minden Press-Herald

A Ringgold woman was recently arrested after wandering onto Homer Road, causing traffic to come to a full stop.

A Minden police officer observed Juanette Yelverton, 44, behaving strangely as she walked up the sidewalk of Homer Road between Elm Street and Park Highway. Around the same time, another officer was dispatched to the same area after someone else reported a woman acting strangely and stepping into the road.

In the arrest report, the first officer stated, “I observed Juanette’s behavior was bizarre to me. She was habitually stopping, spinning around in circles, and appeared to be speaking and yelling at something that wasn’t there. I observed Juanette begin yelling at vehicles as they were driven past her.”

Before the officer could approach, the situation took a dangerous turn. “I observed Juanette walking across Park Highway, and she walked into Homer Road — almost getting hit by a car. The vehicle had to stop completely to avoid colliding with Juanette. I made contact with Juanette as she walked across Homer Road and onto Pennsylvania Avenue,” the report continued.

After she complied with the order to stand in front of the police unit with her hands on the push bumper, Juanette gave the officer her correct name. 

The officer then questioned her about her behavior. “I asked her what kind of drugs she was on because she was still acting bizarre. She told me she wasn’t on drugs. It was obvious to me that Juanette’s behavior was consistent with someone who was under the influence of methamphetamine. Juanette had a purse in her possession. I asked her if I could search her purse, and she told me yes.”

Inside her purse, the officer found a nail polish remover container which held approximately 6.15 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

Yelverton was arrested and charged with simple obstruction of a highway of commerce and possession of a controlled dangerous substance schedule II (crystal meth).

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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