McDOWELL – Tracy Towles will appear in court on Wednesday to face charges that were filed against her on Aug. 17.
According to the arrest citation, Floyd County Sheriff deputies Dusty Newsome and Justin Cooley responded to a report of a female possibly under the influence walking around in the Dollar General Store in McDowell. Upon arrival, Newsome proceeded into the store. Newsome approached Towles and asked her to walk outside with him.
Once outside, Towles began trying to pull away from Newsome. Towles had slurred speech and her eyes were glazed over and glassy looking. Newsome asked Towles who drove the car into the parking lot. She informed Newsome she drove the car to the Dollar Store.
As Newsome placed Towles under arrest, items fell out of her clothing that she had taken from the Dollar Store. As Newsome placed handcuffs on Towles, she started trying to punch and kick at him. Towles was taken to the ground and had to be physically restrained by deputies. She was repeatedly told to stop resisting arrest. She was able to get a foot free and began kicking the deputies. She physically assaulted both deputies, also causing damage to their uniforms. During the struggle, more items Towles had been hiding on her were discovered.
Due to Towles’ level of intoxication, EMS was called and she was transported to McDowell ARH. Upon arrival at McDowell ARH, Towles was alert. Towles agreed to submit to a blood test.
Newsome searched Towles’ car and found the tags on the car were revoked due to failure to maintain insurance. Newsome searched Towles’ purse and found one white pill which she stated was hydrocodone.
Once Towles was released from McDowell ARH, she was transported to the Floyd County Detention Center.
Towles was charged with the following: menacing, resisting arrest, two charges of assault third degree on a police or probation officer, two charges of criminal mischief – third degree, operating a motor under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failure of owner to maintain required insurance , no or expired registration plates, theft by unlawful taking under $500, first-degree possession of controlled substance/opiate – first offense and controlled substance prescription not in original container – first degree.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.