A Benton woman will serve 20 years in state prison after several charges including 7 instances of DWI.
Chasity Rogers, 47, was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections by Judge Josh Farmer on June 16, 2023. Rogers has a criminal history of 7 previous DWIs, endangering the welfare of a minor, public intoxication, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and possession of controlled substance.
Just over a year ago, on May 27, 2022, a private citizen called 911 after he located a female passed out in the driver’s seat of a running vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Once officers responded, they had to jostle Rogers multiple times to wake her up. Emergency medical and the Benton Fire Department also responded to the call for an unresponsive subject. Once Rogers was checked for any medical issues and cleared, the police took over.
Upon a further investigation it was determined that Rogers was impaired on controlled substances. She was transported to Benton Police Department where she completed testing and provided a urine sample. Her toxicology returned positive for amphetamines, benzodiazepines, alprazolam, amphetamine, methamphetamine, doxylamine, methorphan, nicotine, phentermine, and promethazine. She admitted to the officers that she had taken meds and drank alcohol. However, her toxicology did not show positive for alcohol.
Prosecuting Attorney Chris Walton thanked the good Samaritan that called 911 and the Benton Police Department for their investigation. “Drunk drivers are a danger to the community. Rogers has not learned her lesson over the last 16 years,” Walton stated.
At trial, the State of Arkansas was represented by Shea Long and Brian Clary. Rogers was represented by Bobby Digby and Matt Ingle.