CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston woman was arrested after allegedly driving under the influence and then crying to officers to take her to jail.
South Charleston Patrolman J.K. Halstead was on patrol early Thursday morning when he caught sight of a dark-colored vehicle heading west on MacCorkle Avenue without its headlights on.
The vehicle, a Hyundai with Maryland license plates, pulled into the Riverwalk Mall and stopped near the BB&T bank followed by the South Charleston officer.
Halstead approached the vehicle and the driver, later identified as Tammy L. Rowe, 44, of Swarthmore Avenue, opened the driver's side door and began crying, telling the officer to take her to jail, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Rowe told the patrolman that her driver's license was revoked, which the officer later confirmed.
The officer also noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the inside of the vehicle, the complaint said. He noted in the complaint that while he was checking the woman's drivers license she began stumbling around, telling him again to arrest her. Rowe got down on the ground at one point and cried while curling up into a fetal position, the complaint said.
Halstead wrote in the complaint he didn't conduct any field sobriety tests because Rowe couldn't stand without holding on to her vehicle for support and that she refused a preliminary breath test.
Rowe was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where she later exposed her left breast to a male officer in the processing room at the station, police said.
Halstead wrote that Rowe became belligerent and uncooperative during processing and was transported to South Central Regional Jail. She was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license, driving without headlights and indecent exposure.
Rowe was previously convicted of misdemeanor battery in 2003 after assaulting Charleston Councilwoman Teresa "Tricky" Reed and her sister Donna Taylor in a Charleston bar. While Rowe claimed self-defense and neither Reed nor Taylor could say which was struck first, a Kanawha Magistrate found Rowe guilty and sentenced her to six months probation.