CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – A call about a reckless driver on I-75 was answered by Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Williams. Williams was already on interstate stationary at Mile Marker 139 on the southbound side when dispatch advised Williams that a black SUV was travelling southbound refusing to let traffic around him while driving well under the speed limit and holding his hand out the window with his middle finger in the air around the 146 mile marker, according to a report from the sheriff’s department.
Williams saw the SUV pass in the number one lane of traffic. Williams was able to get behind the vehicle around mile marker 138 and saw the driver cross over the fog line twice in under a half mile and then cross over into the number two lane of traffic and swerve back into the number one lane. The driver then made an abrupt stop on the shoulder of the road as Williams was activating his emergency equipment.
When Williams made contact with the driver, identified as Billy Sizemore, he noticed his speech was slurred, his eyes were glossy and bloodshot. He saw a redness to Sizemore’s cheeks and nose with a smell of alcohol coming from the driver. Williams asked the man where he was going and he replied he was going to the next exit to pick up his wife. He then asked him what the next exit was and he replied the second exit for London, Kentucky.
As Sizemore was asked for his driver’s license, Williams noticed a holster on Sizemore’s hip. The gun was laying in the passenger floorboard of the vehicle. Sizemore was asked to step out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests. Sizemore responded, “it would not benefit him so he would not.” Sizemore was then placed under arrest and transported to the Campbell County Jail. While enroute to the jail, Sizemore allegedly became hostile and started screaming profanities.
Upon arrival at the jail, Williams read Sizemore the Tennessee Implied Consent Law in its entirety to which Sizemore refused as well as refused to sign the refusal paper and told Williams he would not listen to anything he had to say. A search warrant was granted for Sizemore’s blood. During the blood draw, Sizemore asked how far he was from Kentucky and then stated to Williams when he got out of jail “he was going to look him up and find him.”
Sizemore, 36, London, Kentucky, was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) 2nd offense, driving while suspended, failure to maintain lane, violation implied consent law and possession of a hand gun under the influence. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/11/2022-6AM)