An Anderson County woman accused of striking a parked car on East Pawley Lane and a metal hand rail on Outer Drive in Oak Ridge on Wednesday now faces several charges, including driving under the influence.
Michelle E. Slaughter, 27, of Dutch Valley Road, told Oak Ridge Police Department Officer Ben Higgins that she had three shots of vodka and one beer at a friend’s house, according to warrants filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court. Slaughter said she doesn’t normally drink, and she had not eaten anything all day.
In the warrants, Higgins said ORPD Officer Ray Steakley was helping Slaughter while she walked after a stop at Outer Drive and Key Springs Road, and she appeared to be uneasy on her feet and had trouble walking on her own.
“I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant’s person, and I noticed her eyes were bloodshot and glossy,” Higgins wrote.
He said Slaughter performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tests and was not able to complete a one leg stand. She said she could not perform the one leg stand even when sober, Higgins said. He then asked her to submit to a blood test, but she refused, violating the implied consent law, according to the warrants.
Slaughter’s license was revoked on February 9 for failure to comply with financial responsibility laws, according to the warrants. She has been charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, violating the implied consent law, and driving on a revoked license. She has been released from the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton in lieu of $8,000 bond, according to records.