Wilson Police Chief Felix Hernandez said a complaint was filed Tuesday night about a person firing a weapon at them.
A Wilson officer saw a vehicle that fit the description of the vehicle involved in the complaint and pulled it over. The officer said the driver, Nipp, appeared to be intoxicated.
“He gave her a sobriety test, which she failed,” Hernandez said. “And on further investigation, saw a holster, a pistol holder, and asked if there was a weapon.”
Nipp told the officer there was a gun in the glove box. The loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol was taken in as evidence. The officer also discovered an open container of alcohol and that Nipp was in possession of a Controlled/Dangerous Substance in the form of Tramadol – a prescribed pain medication – that was not prescribed to her.
When asked if she had discharged the firearm and why, Nipp reportedly told the officer she was shooting at coyotes.
She appeared before a judge early Wednesday afternoon for charges of driving under the influence, having an open container, possession of a CDS and transporting a concealed, loaded firearm.
Her bond we set at $1,000 and she was released on bail as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Hernandez said the gun was turned over to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department for possible charges of firing the gun in rural Carter County, however no such charges have been filed as of yet.
(As more details become available, we will update this story.)