Deputy: One pickup truck, one stop, two charges
Two DUI-related charges.
Carter County Sheriff’s Department Deputy David Caldwell wrote in an arrest report that he was on his way to a call in the Stoney Creek community around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday when he saw a pickup truck swerving in the roadway.
He said he saw a cigarette thrown from the driver’s-side window and that the truck immediately switched to the left lane of Highway 91 without using a turn signal.
“I then observed this vehicle go back in to the right lane and cross the fog line again, almost hitting the curb and several mailboxes on Highway 91,” he wrote.
That’s when Caldwell pulled the truck over.
He said he identified Earl Stone, 37, 819 Willow Springs Road, as the driver, and Christopher Cable, 39, also of 819 Willow Springs Road, as the passenger.
Caldwell wrote that the men told him they had been at two establishments in Elizabethton drinking prior to driving.
He said they also offered him additional information: “Stone and Cable both told me that they were too intoxicated to drive but Stone was the least intoxicated,” Caldwell wrote in his report.
The officer said in his report that he began to administer standardized field sobriety tests to Stone, and that Stone performed poorly.
“At this time Stone said to me ‘I will just go ahead and give blood,’ ” Caldwell wrote in the report, adding Stone also said he had ‘“been through this before” and “just wanted to get everything over with.”
Caldwell said Stone was then arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
“I then spoke to Cable who stated he knew that Stone was intoxicated but allowed him to drive due to Cable’s extent of intoxication,” Caldwell said.
He noted Cable was then placed under arrest and charged with DUI by consent and violation of the implied consent law.
Both Stone and Cable were then transported to the Carter County Detention Center. Both men are scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Aug. 26.