LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) –  The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office welcomed its newest deputies who graduated from the Walters State Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy earlier this month.   No sooner than Sheriff Robbie K. Goins made the introductions, the new law enforcement officers went to work.

Deputy Hunter Creekmore (above), among the five, is now a member of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Patrol Division.  It was right to work for Deputy Creekmore after he was given his assignments beginning last Monday.

In a release from the Cambell County Sheriff’s Office,  on July 19, Creekmore was on routine patrol on General Carl W. Stiner Hwy and observed a truck veering across both the center lane and right fog lane multiple times.  Following this observation, the deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with James Ryan Middleton. That is when he allegedly  noticed the strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

Upon questioning, Middleton said he had been to the Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville where he had consumed five or six beers.   Creekmore continued to smell the odor of alcohol from him and requested Middleton perform a field sobriety test, the report said.  After failing to complete the field sobriety test satisfactorily, Middleton  allegedly told  Creekmore that he was too intoxicated to be driving.

Middleton was arrested for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Middleton made bond on July 19 and is due in court on  Aug. 8.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/20/2020-6AM)