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Mistaken Identity Lands Innocent Woman In Jail For Drug Trafficking

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (EKB) - A case of mistaken identity landed a Floyd County woman in jail for a crime she did not commit.

Tara Campbell Hatcher, her husband and 2-year-old daughter were involved in a minor accident Saturday evening, which should have been no more than a minor inconvenience.  But, that changed when the officer ran her driver's license number.

On the screen with her social security number was a warrant for 2nd-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, stemming from a 2009 indictment out of Powell County.  Tara was arrested.

The problem? Hatcher had only ever gotten a speeding ticket in her life.

She was taken to jail, fingerprinted and photographed. But that wasn't the worst part. 

"As I was being arrested, my daughter was being loaded into the ambulance," Hatcher told EKB News through tears.

She posted bond and by Monday, the Commonwealth's Attorney issued an apology, saying the warrant was a mistake, most likely the product of someone entering the wrong charge when she received a speeding ticket years earlier.

Powell Commonwealth's Attorney Darrell Herald says his office will make sure this case of mistaken identity is taken care of and permanently removed from her record.  

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