Just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, a driver on Hwy. 82 called Lowndes County 911 to report a stalled vehicle sitting atop the Tenn-Tom bridge in the Eastbound lanes of the bypass. The nearest law enforcement unit, an MHP trooper, responded to the area to assist the driver of the vehicle. The trooper arrived at the bridge as the driver, a white female later identified as Priscilla Ayers, was receiving help from a white male. The Toyota 4 Runner driven by Ayers had run out of gas and the man had fetched some fuel for the woman.
When the trooper approached Ayers, he quickly determined that she was under the influence of some sort of drug, as she was ‘fidgety and nervous’.
The trooper instructed Ayers to pull the SUV to the end of the bridge and off the roadway. Once the Toyota was safely out of traffic, the officer questioned Ayers. He soon determined that the female was ‘tweeking’ or under the influence of crystal meth.
Ayers was taken into custody and the SUV was searched. During the search, a truck pulled in front of the Toyota and a white male exited the vehicle, approaching the trooper. Additional MHP and LCSO units were called to the scene to assist with the stop. It was soon determined that the male was the owner of the Toyota. He (and his daughter, who was also in the truck) claimed that Ayers had been in possession of the vehicle for several days and that they had not seen her recently.
When similarly questioned, Ayers claimed that the man was lying and that they had smoked meth together for most of the day. It could not be proven which was being truthful.
While the subjects were being questioned, officers continued to search the Toyota, discovering a small amount of crystal meth on the driver’s seat, three hypodermic needles and a Bud Light bottle with a white residue inside. The bottle was later found to be a “pill soaker” (A pill soaker is any container used to disolve pills in a liquid so that the mixture can be injected into one’s veins.) [Also found in the back seat of the Toyota was a pair of “nunchucks”. While not illegal, the weapon was a point of amusement for the officers on scene, with one commenting, “It’s been a while since I’ve seen a quality pair of nunchucks!” – JD]
Because it could not be proven at the time that the owner of the SUV was involved with the illegal items found inside, Ayers was charged solely with their possession.
Priscilla Lucille Ayers, 32, of Vernon, Ala. was transported to the LCADC and charged with DUI, Possession of Methamphetamine, Suspended Driver’s License, Possession of Paraphernalia, No Inspection Sticker and No Insurance. The Toyota was towed by Bob’s Towing.0