LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A red Chevrolet Impala caught the attention of Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Courtney Charles last Saturday. The vehicle was driving in the middle of South Avenue in LaFollette.
When Charles stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who was later identified as Todd Jacob Holden, she noticed a smell of alcoholic beverage. She then noticed the driver had slurred speech, and he did not know where he was, according to a report from the Sherriff’s Department.
At this point, it was requested that Deputy Ty Daugherty come to assist Charles with the traffic stop. Daugherty arrived and assisted with conducting field sobriety tests. During the tests, Holden could not maintain balance and missed heel to toe steps.
A check of his records revealed a history of driving under the influence. In 2013, a revoked license and the revocation was for driving under the influence. Holden was asked to submit to a breathalyzer test and was placed under arrest. He was transported to the jail for testing, but Charles learned when they arrived the breathalyzer wasn’t working. She then began transport to the LaFollette Police Department for testing, but he refused testing saying “I’m not doing it, I’m going to plead guilty anyway.”
He was then transported back to the jail, where a search warrant for the blood was signed by Judge Amanda Sammons, Campbell County EMS came and drew blood from Holden.
Holden, 33, 180 Reed Hill, Berea, KY is charged with driving under influence (2nd offense), violation implied consent law, driving while revoked and drivers to exercise due care. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2019-6AM)