A Paintsville woman was arrested by Paintsville Police Department officers Saturday during the Kentucky Apple Festival after she allegedly swore at an officer on Main Street in the vicinity of several bystanders and again Tuesday by Kentucky State Police troopers after she was allegedly found in a stranger’s residence.
PPD Officer Zach Mitchell wrote in the citation that PPD Assistant Chief Danny Smith notified Mitchell of a complaint
in reference to two subjects, possibly under the influence of drugs, sitting on golf carts at the
intersection of Main Street and College Street. According to the citation, when Mitchell arrived, Chanda Collier, 19, of Paintsville, turned around, waved at Mitchell and said, “Get out of here, you (expletive).”
Mitchell said that there were several bystanders nearby during this exchange, including children, prompting him to instruct Collier to stand up and place her hands behind her back. When Collier stood up, Mitchell said she appeared to be highly off balance and staggering, with “glassy, bloodshot eyes,” and had “extreme low volume in her speech.”
Mitchell said Collier’s speech was “highly slurred” and had to correct herself twice when giving Mitchell her date of birth for court documents.
This was not the first time Collier was arrested that week, according to court documents, with an arrest on the preceding Tuesday, also with a public intoxication charge. Collier was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Dustin Thompson after he responded to a call of a female subject in a residence in Van Lear.
When Thompson arrived, he located Collier in a doorway in the house, and wrote, in the citation, that Collier “did not know where she was, whose residence it was, or why she was there.”
Thompson spoke to the resident at the house, the citation said, and was advised that the woman had asked Collier to leave numerous times, a request which Collier refused. According to the citation, Thompson observed Collier to be “very lethargic,” and stated that she was speaking slowly, with constricted pupils and unable to follow a stimulus.
According to Thompson, he didn’t perform any further tests due to Collier’s inability to follow directions and placed her under arrest on charges of first-degree criminal trespassing and public intoxication.
Collier was housed in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center after both arrests, being released the same day of the Tuesday arrest, but remaining in custody until Tuesday for the Saturday arrest. Collier currently has several court dates set in multiple cases, including an arraignment on Oct. 22 and a pretrial conference on Oct. 10.