Woman charged with burglary

Published 1:35 pm Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Bell County woman has been charged in relation to two separate incidents over a couple of days.

According to a citation from the Middlesboro Police Department, on Dec. 26, Officer Jeremiah Johnson conducted a stop on a vehicle after the driver failed to use her turn signal.

The driver, identified as Kristi Brooks, 32, of the Tanyard Hill community, turned into the Dairy Queen from S. 11th Street and did not signal, according to Johnson. Upon contact with Brooks, Johnson said he observed her with signs of intoxication. Johnson performed standard field sobriety tests on Brooks, and said she subsequently failed.

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During a search, Johnson found that Brooks allegedly had in her possession eight white, round tablets identified as 15 mg oxymorphone pills, a baggie of a clear rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and a baggie with residue, and two straws with residue.

Brooks was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center.

In conjunction with her arrest in Middlesboro, Pineville Police filed charges against Brooks on Dec. 27.

According to a news release, Pineville Police reported that on Dec. 26 at 5:40 a.m. management of Dairy Queen’s Pineville location called them to report that the business had been broken into while closed for Christmas. Officer Jason Williams responded to the complaint and began the investigation.

Through a continuing investigation, suspects and leads were developed in the case that led to Brooks, an employee of Dairy Queen, being the alleged burglar. She was charged while already in custody.

Between the two incidents, Brooks was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs first offense, first-degree possession of drug paraphernalia first offense (drug unspecified); first-degree possession of drug paraphernalia first offense (methamphetamine), buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and third-degree burglary.

Brooks is being held on bond.

Brian O’Brien of The Big One WRIL contributed to this article.