Narcotics involved in motorist’s arrest
by Wes Mayer
A woman was arrested Monday after she ran into three vehicles in a parking lot while driving under the influence of drugs.
Around 12:38 p.m., authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Ross department store on Bullsboro Drive in reference to a woman driving under the influence, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. The woman, Janice Lee Lawson, 55, was apparently inside the store when one of the store’s loss prevention officers noticed she was impaired – she could barely stand and had slurred speech – and offered her a ride home.
Lawson refused the officer and left in a BMW, Yarbrough said, and the officer called police and gave a description of her vehicle. While en route to the store, however, deputies received calls from the Columns at White Oak apartments on Lakeside Way about a woman in a BMW running into parked vehicles in the parking lot.
When deputies arrived, they found the woman, later confirmed to be Lawson, had driven into three parked vehicles, Yarbrough said. Two of the vehicles’ owners were home and took photos and videos of the damage.
Yarbrough said deputies found the BMW in the parking lot with damage to its front end, and scraps of plastic were scattered on the ground around the vehicle – apparently, Lawson walked around and collected the pieces that broke off the vehicles she ran into, according to witnesses.
Officers later found Lawson at her apartment, found she could barely stand or speak, and took her into custody, Yarbrough said. After Lawson was transported to the hospital for blood work, authorities found she was under the influence of Lorazepam, a schedule IV narcotic with side effects of sedation, dizziness, weakness and unsteadiness, according to various websites.
Because of this, Lawson was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and four counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and she was transported to the Coweta County Jail.