Loudon County K-9 unit sniffs out methamphetamine in vehicle

Loudon County K-9 unit sniffs out methamphetamine in vehicle

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Deputy Chris Hutchins, K-9 Dante, Cpl. Jerramie Bowen (source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office) Deputy Chris Hutchins, K-9 Dante, Cpl. Jerramie Bowen (source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office)
Jennifer Leigh Kendrick (source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office) Jennifer Leigh Kendrick (source: Loudon County Sheriff's Office)

LOUDON (WATE) - A Georgia woman was arrested on meth charges after a routine traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Loudon County.

The Loudon County Sheriff's Office says a deputy noticed a Dodge Challenger cross the fog line several times while traveling south on February 7 around 3:30 a.m.

The vehicle exited at Exit 76 and the deputy was able to stop the vehicle at the intersections of Sugar Limb Road and Hotchkiss Valley Road.

The driver, identified as Jennifer Leigh Kendrick, 30, of Covington, Ga., said she was having an medical emergency. An ambulance was dispatched and cleared her medically.

Kendrick was then asked to perform a field sobriety test because officers said she was lethargic and unsteady on her feet. She could not complete the tests.

She then admitted she had taken methamphetamine. K-9 Dante was deployed and alerted to an odor of illegal narcotics.

Kendrick admitted to methamphetamine being in the vehicle. Upon field testing, one pound of meth was found along with two loaded handguns, which Kendrick admitting stealing, and a set of digital scales.

Kendrick was arrested and taken to the Loudon County Jail where she is being held on $77,000 bond.

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