Tom DotyTimes Columnist
December 19, 2012
DELBARTON — A variety of prescription medication was found in the possession of a Delbarton resident who was questioned by West Virginia State Police (WVSP) Trooper D.M. Williamson after Mingo County 911 received a report of a vehicle parked for a prolonged period of time at a local business.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Trooper Williamson, he responded to a complaint at the Delbarton One Stop after an employee reported there was a gold-colored Toyota sitting in their parking lot that had been there for quite a while and contained a female driver.
Upon arrival, the trooper located the vehicle with the engine running, with Roberta Hatfield, 47, of Delbarton, behind the wheel. While speaking with the defendant, the officer noticed that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and she also had a slurred speech. Williamson administered three standardized field sobriety tests, which Hatfield failed to complete.
Trooper Williamson performed a search of the defendant’s vehicle and discovered 4 grams of marijuana, ten and one half Hydrocodone tablets, five 2 mg Zanax tablets, three 30 mg Oxycodone tablets and one 1 mg Zanax. She was also in possession of $250 dollars. Following her arrest, the defendant agreed to a blood drug testing and urinalysis at the Williamson Memorial Hospital, and the preliminary results showed high levels of benzodiazepines, cannabinoids and opiates. The blood specimen was sent to the WVSP Laboratory for further testing and analysis.
Hatfield was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver, second offense DUI and prohibited drug purchases. She was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom who set bail at a total $50,000. The defendant was later released from the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden after meeting her bail requirements and conditions.