A Pike County man and woman on home incarceration for burglary charges rwere set to get a fresh start Friday, but instead, they ended up back in jail.
Pike County Jailers say Shane and Jessica Hopkins were being released from home incarceration. The couple came to turn in their bracelets, but Deputies noticed something was wrong.
“When Mr. Hopkins came up to me to speak, with what appeared to be a blue pill hanging from his nose,” says Kevin Miracle, Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy.
He says Hopkins was high, and then he checked Jessica Hopkins.
“She appeared to be under the influence and also had pill residue in her nose,” says Miracle.
He said to make it worse, she was carrying their two month old baby. But that's not all.
“They had to get here some way or other, so obviously they drove. In the condition they were in, they shouldn't have been driving,” says Miracle.
Miracle charged them with public intoxication and child endangerment. He didn't have to take them far, just across the hallway to jail.
“It is kind of surprising. They actually came in to be released from home incarceration, but then they were arrested,” says Rodney Scott, Pike County Jailer.
And it didn't end there. Jailers say they stripped searched Shane Hopkins and found pills in his underwear, and say he tried to fight when they took them away.
“It is unfortunate the drug problem is that bad,” says Miracle.
Sheriff Deputies say this problem is more common than you think. They say they catch people bringing in illegal items through these detectors almost weekly.
But deputies say this case is the most unusual. Now the Hopkins…
“They've been booked back in jail,” says Scott.
And lost their freedom they came to get.
The Hopkins turned down our request for an interview. Their two month old baby is now in the custody of social services.