BUCKHANNON — One Upshur County woman is behind bars after a traffic stop led to an arrest earlier this year.
According to court documentation, on February 2, 2022, Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Tanner Collins initiated a traffic stop on a Buick at Jenkins Ford, located on Brushy Fork Road. At that time, the vehicle did not have an inspection sticker displayed on the vehicle. Deputy Collins approached the vehicle and began talking to the driver, later identified as the defendant, 44-year-old Christa Lynn Chipps, of Buckhannon. Chipps immediately handed Deputy Collins her license and stated it had been suspended.
The criminal complaint stated that Deputy Collins noticed a red box underneath Chipps’ leg in plain view and asked what contents were located inside the compartment. The defendant handed it to Deputy Collins and allegedly allowed him to open it. Deputy Collins allegedly found a glass pipe, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. When asked about the pipe, the defendant advised him that a friend gave it to her so he would “not get caught with it at work.”
The criminal complaint continued by explaining that after asking Chipps to step out of the vehicle, Deputy Collins searched the rest of the vehicle, but found nothing more. Deputy Collins then performed a standardized field test, where Chipps did show signs of impairment.
Deputy Collins placed Chipps under arrest for driving while license suspended and drove her to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office. During the drive, Chipps allegedly admitted to smoking methamphetamine that morning, but said she did not want to tell him about the drug use because she had been clean prior to using and her daughter was with her.
Chipps consented to a blood draw for the officer to obtain more information on her drug use, which was performed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. The defendant also had two prior convictions of driving while license suspended from Tuesday, March 13, 2018 and Thursday, June 27, 2019.
Chipps is being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a DUI with a controlled substance. Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis set the defendants bond at $5,000 cash or surety.