Man, woman arrested after domestic dispute at Hardee's

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com
A North Carolina man and woman were arrested Friday night following a domestic argument at an Elizabethton restaurant that led to the woman threatening police officers with a weapon.
Lloyd Ronald McKinney, 38, of 392 Teen Valley Ranch Rd., Plumtree, N.C., was arrested by Elizabethton Police Department Capt. Rusty Verran and charged with fourth offense DUI and driving on a suspended license. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Oct. 24.
Brandy Hendrix Hudson, 27, of the same address as McKinney, was arrested by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chad Grindstaff and charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence, two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, public intoxication and vandalism. She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Nov. 2.
According to police reports, officers were dispatched to Hardee's, 107 Broad St., just minutes before 10 p.m. Friday night on a complaint of a possible domestic dispute. "Before arriving, Comm. Center notified officers that a female was armed at that location," Verran states. "Upon arrival, this officer observed a blue Ford traveling east on the westbound shoulder of Broad Street without its headlights on."
As the officer pulled into the parking lot, the blue Ford followed him into the lot and stopped adjacent to the drive-through. "A white female exited from the passenger side of the vehicle and approached this officer with a knife. I backed my cruiser up and awaited backup to arrive."
EPD Ptl. Michael McIntosh and Sgt. Matt Bailey soon arrived at the scene to provide Verran with backup, according to reports.
McIntosh stated that, when he arrived on scene, the woman, later identified as Hudson, was walking towards Verran with the knife and was holding it in a threatening manner.
"(I) exited my vehicle at which time the female subject turned around and walked back to a blue Ford Festiva and entered the passenger side. Capt. Verran then pulled in behind the vehicle and blocked it in," he said. "(I) then approached the passenger side of the vehicle at which time Ms. Hudson opened the door with the knife in her hand and began to raise the weapon towards (me). As she attempted to exit the vehicle, said writer grabbed her hand in which she held the bloodied knife.
"(I) advised Ms. Hudson to drop the knife, to which she replied 'you better go ahead and shoot me.'"
McIntosh and Bailey were able to subdue Hudson at that point and take the knife from her. Officers then discovered that both of Hudson's wrists had been cut. Hudson was treated at the scene by Carter County Rescue Squad personnel.
Before being taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment, Hudson became combative again with police. "While still at the scene, Ms. Hudson became disorderly in the back of the police cruiser and was kicking her feet and thrusting her body back and forth," McIntosh said. "Ms. Hudson was warned to stop but refused to do so; thus she was sprayed with a chemical spray."
McIntosh also said Hudson appeared to be heavily intoxicated.
During an investigation into the incident, police determined that Hudson had become involved in a physical domestic dispute with her boyfriend, McKinney, and had cut the right side of his neck as well as his right arm. "Mr. McKinney would not admit to his girlfriend cutting him with the knife," McIntosh reported.
"Mr. McKinney would only state that Ms. Hudson was off her medication."