Woman arrested in Laurel County district courtroom

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

She says she is a victim! A woman was arrested in a Laurel County district courtroom after deputies said she was in an intoxicated condition.

Kealyn Napier was arrested Tuesday morning. She was in court for a driving under the influence charge. Napier said she does not even understand her arrest.

"I had taken my prescription medication Lyrica, and I did not know how that would affect me," said Napier.

Napier said she fell asleep in court once and got warned by court officials.

"I continued on waiting and waiting to see the judge, and I fell asleep again, and it was on," said Napier.

At that point, she was arrested. Once deputies got Napier's purse, they found pills like Xanax and knives inside.

"I had just purchased the knives a couple of weeks ago, and they had been in my purse and that wasn't an issue," said Napier.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root said everyone who enters the justice complex is screened.

"You are going to have things that slip through occasionally, and this was one of those times. But they were confiscated and she was charged with the paraphernalia," said Root.

Napier said she was not planning to harm anyone in court, but now she just wants to go home.

"I'm stuck in jail, and my home is unattended," said Napier.

Napier is being held in the Laurel County Detention Center on a $1,000 and $2,500 cash bond.

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