JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – On July 27, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Phillips saw a Chevrolet truck traveling east on Hwy 25W. He noticed the truck’s passenger side wheels were over the fog line and then swerved back into the lane. He continued to follow the truck noticing it drift over the fog line almost leaving the roadway completely then swerve back into the lane.
Phillips stopped the truck, near Sharp and Perkins Road, and contacted the driver of the truck, Ronald Timothy Walden. The deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. When Phillips told the driver why he was stopped, he allegedly told him that he had been drinking. When asked for his driver’s license, Walden began fumbling in his wallet dropping other cards while trying to remove his license. Phillips then asked for the vehicle’s registration and proof of insurance. At this point, he opened the glove box and began going through papers scattering and dropping them onto the floor. He then handed Phillips paperwork for a loan contract.
When asked to step out of the vehicle, Walden dropped more items from his wallet on the road and stumbled almost falling to the ground while getting out of the truck. Phillips continued to observe him as he was walking to the rear of the vehicle. He stumbled and had to use the truck to balance.
After a series of field sobriety tests, Walden, 38, 123 Stone Gate Drive, LaFollette was arrested and charged with driving under influence (DUI) and failure to maintain lane. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/07/2020-6AM)