A state police sergeant who made a traffic stop in Madison County on Tuesday afternoon discovered in the back seat of the vehicle an unresponsive woman who turned out to be dead. The driver was arrested on drug charges.
Sgt. Michael Simpson of Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement made the stop on northbound Interstate 75 at the 87.5 mile marker at 12:42 p.m. because Chastity Hall, 31, of Mount Sterling, was driving erratically, according to a news release.
After Simpson noticed that the woman in the back seat was unresponsive, Madison County Emergency Medical Services was called. The woman, Lisa Rogers, 42, of Mount Sterling, was pronounced dead at the scene by Madison County Deputy Coroner Carlos Coyle.
State police are investigating Rogers' death as a possible drug overdose, according to the release.
Hall was taken to the Madison County Detention Center and charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (prescription narcotics); driving under the influence of drugs; carrying a concealed deadly weapon; possession of drug paraphernalia; and driving on a suspended license, second offense.
Another passenger in the vehicle, an adult, was not charged.
Trooper Chris Lanham said the three had been traveling from Florida to Mount Sterling, and Hall and the other passenger thought Rogers was asleep.