A woman slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle Wednesday morning caught the eye of concerned citizens who called for assistance from law enforcement.
Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to Animal Emergency by Food Depot, and when they arrived, they found a silver vehicle parked on the side of the business with 52-year-old Brenda Lee Grizzard inside, slumped over to the right with her eyes closed. When the officers knocked on the window, Grizzard allegedly awoke.
The responding officers asked Grizzard if she was OK, and she reportedly told them she was and that she must have fallen asleep while looking at the paper. When asked for her driver’s license, she allegedly looked around her car for several minutes then simply looked back at the officers. She was asked to produce her license again and she searched again, eventually locating it, according to reports.
When asked where she was headed, Grizzard reportedly told the officers that she was on her way to Eatonton. She allegedly told officers that she lived in Conyers, and when they asked her again where she was driving to, she changed her mind and replied “Alcovy Pawn.” She was fumbling with her newspaper while speaking with the officers and they asked her to exit her vehicle to continue speaking with them.
Officers asked Grizzard if she had illegal weapons or drugs in the car and she told them she did not, though she refused to give them permission to search the vehicle. She was asked to walk to the rear of her vehicle while K9 officer Obi performed an open-air check on the vehicle. Obi reportedly alerted on the front passenger window and the driver’s window of the vehicle, giving the officers probable cause to search it.
During the search of Grizzard’s vehicle, officers reportedly found a clear glass pipe with methamphetamine residue inside of it on the right side of the driver’s seat on the floor. They also located a black bag in the pocket of the rear driver’s door which allegedly contained two glass pipes with meth residue inside of them, an orange prescription bottle with Grizzard’s name on it for Zolpidem – a sleep aid. Inside the bottle were three different types of pills, one generic oxycodone, one Carisoprodol (muscle relaxant) and one Zolpidem.
Grizzard was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where she was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a Schedule II drug and pills not in original container.