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UPDATE: Edwards to move forward with Phillips' prosecution

UPDATE: May 16,2013

ALBANY, Ga. — An accusation filed Friday with the Dougherty County Clerk of Court Office contends that Sheryl Phillips, mother of “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, had three different muscle relaxers in her bloodstream when she was arrested Feb. 14 on a DUI charge.

Sheryl Phillips has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and failure to maintain lane after she was spotted weaving over the roadway and strking a curb.

The accusation states that Phillips’ toxicology report showed that clonazepam, a muscle relaxer; carisoprodol, also a muscle relaxant, and meprobamate, a drug used to treat headaches, anxiety and muscle pain, were in her system at the time of her arrest.


ALBANY, Ga. — Based on the findings of a toxicology report, the Dougherty County District Attorney’s office will prosecute “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips’ mother under Georgia’s DUI laws.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said Wednesday that an accusation against Sheryl Phillips for Driving Under the Influence of drugs would be filed in state court. The charge is a misdemeanor.

“We’re moving forward with the case,” Edwards said. “Beyond that, I can’t comment.”

Sheryl Phillips was arrested by agents with the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit on Feb. 14 after she was reportedly spotted driving erratically on North Madison Street. According to a statement from drug unit commander Major Bill Berry at the time, Phillips was “all over the road,” and that Phillips couldn’t complete a field sobriety test despite the fact that agents couldn’t smell or detect alcohol.

The decision, Edwards said, is based partly on the findings of a toxicology report that was completed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. He wouldn’t elaborate on the details of the report or what drug may have been been in Phillips’ system.

The accusation filed with the Dougherty County Clerk of Court Friday, says that Phillips had three different prescription drugs in her system. Clonazepam, a muscle relaxer, carisoprodol, also a muscle relaxant, and meprobamate, a drug used to treat head aches, anxiety and muscle pain.

Phillips’ attorney, Patrick Millsaps, said via e-mail that he appreciated the opportunity to comment on the case but that he doesn’t comment on criminal cases.

Millsaps has filed a number of briefs in the case requesting access to all investigative documents, witnesses and evidence.

Comments

Doc15 11 months, 1 week ago

She will accept a plea for reckless driving, pay a fine, and the case will be disposed of. Next case please....

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chinaberry25 11 months, 1 week ago

Why is this even a story. Happens many times everyday.

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bubbasmithredneck 11 months, 1 week ago

you didnt say that when the herald were targeting the school system in Albany..

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VSU 11 months ago

You'd be better off not saying anything at all, then you would be able to hide your ignorance.

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Abytaxpayer 11 months, 1 week ago

Funny how the Troll claims the Herald was targeting when they were just reporting the facts. Roaches hate having a light shined on them.

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Thurman 11 months, 1 week ago

"Millsaps has filed a number of briefs in the case requesting access to all investigative documents, witnesses and evidence." I know the feeling. I have an attorney whom has filed these type papers requesting information from DOCOP. The traffic stop was March 15, the original court date was postponed due to DOCOP not furnishing the evidence requested. Do you think the court would postpone the case if I/ME/my attorney did not have our paperwork ready? NOT!!

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whattheheck 11 months, 1 week ago

Do whatever is done with DUI cases now which I would think does not involved the DA prosecuting. Looks like he is not a friend of the defendant since he did not recuse as with the school lunch issue et al.

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guardian 11 months, 1 week ago

It involves the DA's office because the case was sent to State Court.

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bubbasmithredneck 11 months, 1 week ago

she should get the maximum penalty.....

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bigbob 11 months, 1 week ago

Don't worry Troll, she will she's white.

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VSU 11 months ago

If she was black, they would have just slapped her wrist, tell her not to do it again and set her free.

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Thurman 11 months, 1 week ago

"DOCOP"= Dougherty County Police, 'nuff said

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BettyBowTie 11 months ago

If she had that many muscle relaxers in her system, she is lucky to be alive. The heart and lungs are muscle...

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Ihope4albany 11 months ago

I hope Mrs. Phillips will be okay.

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FryarTuk 11 months ago

" . . .Clonazepam . . . carisoprodol . . . and meprobamate . . . " Wow! That's looks like quite a cocktail there, madam. The police intervention could have saved her and another's life. Let's hope it helps her get it together.

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