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Police: Stoney Creek man’s words to officer lead to more charges

A Stoney Creek man and woman were arrested Monday evening after police were called to a city restaurant, and the man now faces two felony charges.
Christopher Price, 46, 117 Estal Drive, was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Monday by Elizabethton Police Department Cpl. Lincoln Orellana and charged with public intoxication and two counts of retaliation for past actions, which is a Class E felony under state law.
Trina Price, 39, of the same address, was also arrested by Orellana. She was charged with public intoxication.
Orellana said in his report he was dispatched to McDonald’s on a report that a male and female inside the restaurant were possibly intoxicated.
The officer said when he arrived at the restaurant he spoke with Christopher Price and Trina Price.
“While speaking with both subjects they had slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot eyes,” Orellana said.
Both individuals were given standardized field sobriety tests, and Orellana described their performance on the test as “consistent with that of a person under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.”
Both were arrested on charges of public intoxication and transported to the Carter County Detention Center.
Once at the jail, Orellana said Christopher Price became “verbally aggressive” toward officers.
“While at the (jail), Christopher stated to Ptl. (Matthew) Taylor and me ‘I hope I catch you two out at a bar.’ Christopher then stated ‘I know people in Buck Mountain,” Orellana said. “We then asked Christopher what that meant and he stated ‘that’s all I am going to say.’”
Orellana said Christopher Price was then charged with two counts of retaliation for past actions due to the statements made to the officers.
Under state law, a person commits a Class E felony offense of retaliation for past actions when he or she harms or threatens to harm a law enforcement officer – or a family member of an officer – by any unlawful act in retaliation for anything the officer did in an official capacity as a law enforcement officer.
Both Christopher Price and Trina Price are scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on Sept. 23.