Three arrested after early morning traffic stop

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
A traffic stop in the early morning hours on Tuesday left three men arrested on alcohol related charges.
Jeffery Dale Caudill, 34, no address available, was charged with fifth offense DUI, fifth offense driving on a revoked license, violation of the implied consent law, violation of the financial responsibility law and violation of the vehicle registration law.
Michael Shane Walker, 18, 290 Chambers Drive, was charged with public intoxication.
Anderson M. Walker, 21, 290 Chambers Drive, was charged with public intoxication.
According to reports, the incident which led to the arrest of all three individuals began when Elizabethton Police Department Capt. Rusty Verran observed several individuals standing around vehicles in the parking lot of an apartment complex on West G Street.
"Due to recent burglaries in the area I was going to field interview the subjects when they entered a blue Dodge Omni and started traveling North on McArthur Street," Verran states in his report. Verran checked the status of the vehicle's license tag and the search determined that the tag was registered to a 1991 Isuzu and not the vehicle it was displayed on.
"I turned on my blue lights on West E Street in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle kept driving very slow after I turned on my blue lights. The vehicle finally stopped after traveling approximately 500 feet," Verran states.
According to reports, Caudill was the driver of the vehicle. "Mr. Caudill's speech was slurred and he appeared to be confused. Mr. Caudill was sweating heavily about his facial area," the report by Verran states.
At that time, Caudill was asked to perform several field sobriety exercises which he performed unsatisfactorily, according to the police report. He was placed into custody by Verran at that time and charged with DUI.
A records check of Caudill's driver's license revealed that he had four prior convictions for DUI and that his driving privileges had been revoked. He also had four prior convictions for driving on a revoked license. At that time, he was charged with fifth offense driving on a revoked license and his charge of DUI was upgraded to fifth offense DUI.
Caudill also refused to submit to a blood alcohol content test and was unable to provide officers with proof on insurance.
During the records check on Caudill, officers discovered that he was wanted on an outstanding warrant charging him with assault under domestic violence, vandalism under domestic violence and evading arrest stemming from an altercation that occurred in May of this year. He was served with that warrant as well as an attachment out of Chancery Court charging him with contempt of court.
Two passengers in the vehicle Caudill was driving, Michael Shane Walker and Anderson Mark Walker, were both also found to be intoxicated.
Both Michael Walker and Anderson Walker were taken into custody by EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe and Ptl. Michael McIntosh for their safety and the safety of the public.
A third passenger in the vehicle, Heather L. Taylor, 18, 199 Swimming Pool Road, Apt. 3 Hampton, was served with two outstanding criminal summons citing her into court on charges of bad checks.