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SALYERSVILLE – Charges are pending after gas station employees called 911 to report someone hitting a gas station pump on Wednesday.

On October 5, police were called to the BP on the Mountain Parkway in Salyersville, and when they arrived, law enforcement found a female driver behind the wheel of a vehicle, with the engine still on and in gear, and her foot still on the gas pedal.

Officials told Mortimer Media Group the driver was completely incoherent when they arrived. She failed all field sobriety tests, unable to take a single unassisted step. Law enforcement had her sugar and heart checked to rule out medical reasons for the behavior.

Police found a prescription bottle for Neurontin that had been filled last week for 90 pills and only had 10 pills left, as well as a prescription bottle for hydrocodone, also filled roughly a week ago and was completely empty.

Eyewitness reports indicated that the woman also almost hit a school bus when turning into the gas station.

Police took the woman, identified as Barbara Ratliff, from Clay City, into custody, though her charges are unknown at the time of sending this newspaper to press on Wednesday afternoon.

Editor’s Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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