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.