April 11, 2013

Intoxicated couple arrested at Sheriff's Office

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — An eastern Kentucky couple were arrested after they went to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon while under the influence of prescription pills.

Felicia A. West, 36, of Walton Road in Artemus, and 45-year-old Jeffery A. Messer of Tuttle Lane Trailer Park in Heidrick, were arrested for public intoxication of a controlled substance and prescription of a controlled substance not in its proper container.

West and Messer visited the sheriff's office around 2 p.m. to file a complaint concerning some alleged stolen items, according to Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy and Public Affairs Officer Gilbert Acciardo. But the office staff noticed both West and Messer exhibited signs of intoxication and notified Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter and Deputy Robbie Grimes of the situation. Poynter and Grimes were in another section of the sheriff’s office doing paperwork prior to their shifts.

The arrest report noted West exhibited slurred speech, heavy eyes, could not walk without staggering and could not focus on the conversation with Grimes. West also had a small plastic baggie with two “round orange pills” identified as Alprazolam as well as two blue oval-shaped half pills that were Xanax on her person.

Messer was observed bumping into walls in the sheriff’s office and kept dozing off. When Poynter went into the office area, he noticed Messer "leaning against the counter and dozing off," according to the arrest report. Messer admitted to Poynter that he had taken Xanax.

“He was a danger to himself and others due to his level of impairment,” Poynter wrote in the arrest report.

Messer was also in possession of two pills, identified as Xanax and Hydrocodone, in his right front pocket that were wrapped in a receipt. Messer was also served with another warrant on a different charge.

Both were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following their arrests.

They were arraigned in Laurel District Court on Monday. West was placed under a $2,500 cash bond. Messer’s bond was set at $1,000 cash for the public intoxication and possession of prescription pills not in the proper container. He was also given a $500 cash bond on a terroristic threatening charge from 2006.