Being vigilant in the observation of traffic laws is a key responsibility in law enforcement. The below arrests were the result of Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies being observant and having the desire to keep our community safe. These traffic violations led to the arrest of these individuals on much serious charges that aid in keeping Campbell County a safer place to live and work.
On January 04, 2021, Deputy Cody Douglas was on routine patrol when he was notified that a driver was operating a vehicle on a revoked driver’s license near JR’s Tires in Lafollette. Upon locating the vehicle, Deputy Douglas witnessed the driver make a lane change without using proper signals and conducted a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, Traci Dowdy, was unable to provide a driver’s license and Campbell County 911 confirmed the status was revoked. Ms. Dowdy’s license was revoked for DUI and she had a prior charge for driving on revoked. Ms. Dowdy informed Deputy Douglas that she had a glass pipe in her possession in which she had smoked methamphetamine in a couple of days prior. While waiting for a wrecker service to tow the vehicle, Lieutenant Travis Bostic and K-9 Santo conducted a check on the vehicle. During the vehicle check, K9 Santo alerted to the presence of illegal substances in the vehicle. Following the K9 alert, a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of two small bags of crystal substance in Ms. Dowdy’s purse, believed to be crystal methamphetamine, syringes, scales, and a pipe. Ms. Dowdy was placed under arrest and transported to the Campbell County Jail. Ms. Dowdy faces charges of Driving on Revoked (2nd offense), Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Failure to give a signal. Ms. Dowdy has made bond and is due in court on March 09, 2021.
Also on January 04, 2021, Sergeant Josh Jeffers was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle on Cedar Creek Road without two operating headlights. Sergeant Jeffers conducted a traffic stop near Sugar Hollow Rd for violation of the light law. The driver of the vehicle, James Norris, pulled into the driveway of the residence at 213 Easter Lane and Sergeant Jeffers was notified by Campbell County 911 that the vehicle registration displayed on the vehicle was reported stolen. At this time, Sergeant Jeffers detained Mr. Norris for a possession of a possible stolen vehicle and conducted a routine safety pat down for weapons. Mr. Norris informed Sergeant Jeffers that he had two knives on his person. While locating the knife in Mr. Norris’s front pocket, Sergeant Jeffers located a small, clear bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. In clear view of the car, Sergeant Jeffers also located a clear round container with the same substance and Mr. Norris gave consent to have the car searched. While assisting in the search, Deputy Jordan Huskey located a clear rectangle container with four sections. Three sections contained the same leafy green substance and one section contained six oval pills stamped with G13, believed to be a controlled substance Gabapentin, and a clear bag with a white powdery substance, believed to be cocaine. Campbell County 911 also confirmed Mr. Norris was driving with a revoked driver’s license and had no current insurance. Mr. Norris was placed under arrest and transported to the Campbell County Jail. Mr. Norris made bond and is due in court to face charges of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule V Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Driving While Revoked (4th Offense), Theft of Property under $999, Violation of the Registration Law, Violation of TN Financial Law, and Violation of the Light Law on March 02, 2021.
On January 06, 2021, Deputy Cole West was on routine patrol on Sled Creek Rd in Duff when he observed a Ford Mustang with the registration improperly displayed. Deputy West initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Donald Ridenour. Campbell County 911 confirmed that Mr. Ridenour was driving on a revoked driver’s license (revoked for DUI) with two prior driving on revoked charges. Deputy West placed Mr. Ridenour under arrest for driving while revoked (3rd offense). While speaking to Mr. Ridenour, he informed Deputy West that he had “shot up” methamphetamine the day prior. Upon arrival at the Campbell County Jail, Mr. Ridenour agreed to perform standard field sobriety tests in which he performed unsatisfactorily. Mr. Ridenour refused to provide a sample of blood, stating that the illegal narcotics from the prior day would be indicated in the sample. Mr. Ridenour was charged with Driving Under the Influence (2nd offense), Driving While Revoked (3rd offense), and Violation of the Implied Consent Law. Mr. Ridenour remains in the Campbell County Jail but may make bond. He is due in court on March 09, 2021.