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Report: Woman visits jail drunk, has pot

Report: Woman visits jail drunk, has pot

Report: Woman visits jail drunk, has pot

Lydia Michelle Swearingain

A woman who showed up drunk for jail visitation Saturday remained behind bars Tuesday after jail staff found pot in her pocket, authorities said.

During visitation hours at the Bulloch County Jail Saturday morning, around 8:30 a.m., Lydia Michelle Swearingain, 37, Cypress Pond Road, Sylvania, was "... using profanity, yelling and not following directions while in visitation," said Bulloch County sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey Thompson, who responded to a call for assistance by jail employee Lt. Jean West.

In his report, Thompson said, "Lt. West asked the offender if she had been drinking and she said yes." When Thompson asked Swearingain to blow into an Alcosensor, she registered 0.154 percent blood alcohol content, he said. The level at which a person is considered legally intoxicated is 0.08 percent.

Swearingain was arrested for public intoxication, and when asked by booking staff if she had anything in her pockets they needed to be aware of, Swearingain said no, Thompson stated.

However, jail staff found marijuana in her pocket, he said.

Swearingain was charged with crossing guard lines with drugs, marijuana possession, and public intoxication. As of Tuesday afternoon, she remained in jail custody with a bond set for $6,000, according to jail records.

Reports did not indicate who Swearingain was at the jail to visit.

Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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