Two people are behind bars after police received a tip about possible drug possession. Patrolman E.C. Ferrell and M.A. Honeycutt responded to a tip that led them to finding an impaired driver at the Rich gas station parking lot in Chapmanville. The tip had stated the driver was impaired and there was a child in the backseat of the vehicle. The officers pulled the vehicle over to discover the driver Alexander Hammonds, was slurring his speech and having trouble keeping his head in the upright position, according to the criminal complaint. After Hammonds failed a field sobriety test the officers attempted to see if the passenger could operate the vehicle after taking Hammonds to jail. Officers noticed that Rebecca Hammonds was also slurring her speech and she was put through and failed a field sobriety test. Officers alerted Child Protective Services and then gained access to the vehicle where they discovered a small bag of white powder with a straw (which the defendant admitted to being a mix of heroin and fentanyl) and several unopened suboxone packets as well as a glass pipe. The defendants are being charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, possession of fentanyl and a DUI.
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