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Updated: 5/21/2013 1:07 pm
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The future of Okolona's assistant police chief remains uncertain after she was found guilty Monday of three misdemeanor charges in a Chickasaw County courtroom.

"I don't really have a reaction. You take it as it comes, and you have to leave it sometimes, but whatever God's will is, it will always be done," defendant Romonia Robertson said moments after the Monday trial ended.

The trial stemmed from an incident that took place in December 2012.

Robertson had been stopped by the Mississippi Highway Patrol that night, but she said in the Monday trial that her actions were caused by the medication she took for a variety of medical conditions and the stress she had been enduring that week.

Members of the state highway patrol testified Robertson's actions made them feel she was under the influence, having failed the troopers' field sobriety tests.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the judge rendered his verdict.

"She was found guilty of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and speeding," district attorney Ben Creekmore said.

However, the judge found her not guilty of possession of a controlled substance. in this case, that refers to hydrocodone pills found during that December traffic stop.

The defense had established Robertson had gotten legitimate prescriptions for pain medication before.

Now that the trial is behind her, Robertson says she wants to get better before returning to the force.

"I gotta take care of my back, and once I take care of my back, active duty--that's gonna come along," she said.

Okolona's outgoing police chief says he believes Robertson is a good officer.

"Hope she can still continue to be on the force because I lost in the election," Chief Tommy Ivy said.

His departure means her future with the Okolona Police Department won't be his call to make.

Robertson received a $600 fine plus court costs in the case.

She remains employed by the Okolona Police Department.
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