BY KEN LITTLE
A Parrottsville woman charged Friday with driving under the influence wasn't quite sure why sheriff's deputies paid so much attention to her disabled car on the Newport Highway.
Deputies had no such doubts.
Darlene Yvonne Orrick, 46, of 4000 Old Highway 25E, was heading toward Greeneville near the St. James Road turnoff when she attracted the attention of Deputy C. Michelle Holt.
One tire rim on the Dodge Charger being driven by Orrick was without rubber and "throwing sparks," the report said.
The car continued northbound "until it dropped off the right side of the roadway," the report said.
The car turned around in the road, going into a ditch. In an attempt to get out of the ditch, the deputy observed the driver "burning all the rubber off a rear tire in the roadway," the report said.
The car was apparently in a previous crash in an unknown location before deputies arrived, the report said.
Orrick had "pinpoint pupils" and "seemed puzzled as to why an officer was on scene," the report said.
She "clearly did not remember hitting anything or knew the tire was missing from the car," the report said.
She reportedly gave "multiple conflicting statements" about her previous whereabouts to deputies, fumbled for paperwork in the car and was unsteady on her feet.
Orrick did consent to have blood drawn to determine the possible presence of drugs in her system, the report said.
Orrick's first appearance in General Sessions Court is Wednesday.