Long pause at stop light leads to woman’s arrest

Published 12:46 am Friday, November 3, 2017

A local woman was arrested over the weekend after a sheriff’s deputy observed her sitting through three light changes.

Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks said that Hollie Hobbs, 42, was sitting at a traffic light in the right-hand lane with the left-hand blinker.

Meeks said that when the officer approached her she was “paranoid, but didn’t smell of alcohol and was staring out into space.”

Meeks said the officer asked Hobbs if she was OK.

Meeks said it was apparent she was under the influence of something.

Meeks said Hobbs was “very combative” at the hospital and when she was taken to the jail.

Hobbs had a special needs family member and two teenage children in the vehicle with her, Meeks said.

Meeks said she was charged with driving under the combined influence, three counts of reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental operations and disorderly conduct.

She is being held in the Covington County Jail on a $22,500 bond.