CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – A Corrections Officer with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office was pulled over late Saturday night for going the wrong way on the four lane at Caryville according to a report from the Caryville Police Department.  Caryville Police Officer James McCall saw 31-year old Charles Ivory Mays of Powell driving east in the west lane near the  bridge that crosses I-75.  McCall activated blue lights, and Mays finally pulled over near Dogwood Road after passing under the Waffle House stop light.

McCall details in his report that once he came in contact with Mays, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Mays 2011 Chevy Equinox.  The officer noticed that Mays had watery bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.  When asked for his drivers license and proof of insurance, Mays handed McCall an identification card from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and an insurance card.

The CPD Officer asked Mays if he had his service weapon on him.  Mays allegedly said, “No, sir.”  McCall asked Mays how much he had had to drink that night.  Mays allegedly said, “I’ve had very little to drink, but I’m OK.”  However, according to McCall’s report, Mays performed field sobriety tests unsatisfactorily.

CPD Officer Brandon Cairns assisted and located Mays loaded service weapon in the drivers side door panel.  Cairns also found a half empty Jameson Irish Whiskey bottle in the passenger side floor board and a 24-ounce opened crushed container of Coors Lite on the drivers side floor board.

Mays was charged with DUI (first offense), possession of a firearm while intoxicated, open container and exercise due care.  Mays is free on a $9,000 secure bond.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2019-8AM)