Patterson has lengthy history

Published 12:02 am Saturday, June 30, 2012

Drug Task Force agents are still investigating the cause of a house fire involving a Harmony Community woman accused of leaving three children home alone.

Sara Butler Patterson, 32, remains incarcerated under a $200,000 bond after she was arrested on charges of both chemical and reckless endangerment.


A DTF spoke-sman said it will likely be sometime early next week before any new information is released in the case; however, court records show this isn’t Patterson’s first brush with the law.

According to the Covington County Circuit Clerk’s Office, Patterson has two prior convictions for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Both charges are results of plea deals on separate arrests in 2000 and 2001 in which Patterson was charged with trafficking methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempted distribution of a controlled substance. She was given a reverse-split sentence of seven years in prison and one year of probation of concurrent time in each case.

In 2011, Patterson was among the 35 arrested in a countywide drug roundup. She was wanted on two counts of failure to appear and later released.

In February, Patterson turned herself in after being listed on the “Top 10 Most Wanted” bad check writers list by the district attorney’s office’s . Patterson was wanted on 11 counts of negotiating a worthless instrument. She is currently in the process of paying off more than $5,500 in court fees, plus the cost of the bad checks.