On Sunday, September 18, 2016 Corporal Jeff Hix of the Lafayette Police Department responded to a call of a reckless driver coming into the City of Lafayette in a black Acura.
Hix later observed a vehicle matching that description run over the curb near the Verizon Store on Hwy 52 West. Hix turned on his emergency lights and the vehicle pulled over into the parking lot of Tractor Supply Company. He approached the vehicle and began speaking to the driver, Courtney Clayton. Hix stated in the affidavit that he noticed she was very nervous and was sluggish with her speech. He asked her if she had anything to drink, had taken any medication, or any illegal drugs, and she stated she had taken ibuprofen.
Upon completing various sobriety tests, Clayton was advised she was going to be placed under arrest and was asked if she had someone who could pick up her child. She then began to agitate the child and refused several requests by Hix, at which point she was asked to step out of the vehicle. She refused that request as well, and after several attempts she was forcefully removed from the vehicle. Hix was assisted by Deputy Jacob McClard and Fireman Kenny Davis in taking Clayton into custody.
While searching the vehicle, Hix observed a plastic bag between the seat and console. Officer J.J. Ruiz also assisted in the search and found a baggy with various pills identified as alprazolam. They also found two pipes and two sets of scales.
Courtney Dawn Clayton, 27, of 8709 Epperson Springs Road, Westmoreland, was arrested on 9/18 by Hix and charged with three counts of manufacturing of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under influence, financial responsibility violation, and resisting arrest. Her court date is set for November 16, 2016 with a $24,100 bond.
Reach Kelly Rich at 615-666-2440.