ACSD suspends, intends to fire corrections officer busted for DUI

A Powell man employed as a corrections officer with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department was arrested late last Saturday night on charges that included a first-offense DUI after Caryville Police spotted his vehicle driving in the wrong lane.

According to a report from the Caryville Police Department, Officer James McCall reported seeing a Chevy Equinox headed east in the westbound lane of Highway 25W near the bridge that crosses I-75 at around 11 pm Saturday. McCall turned around and activated his emergency lights, and the driver pulled over a short distance later near Dogwood Road.

McCall reported that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and reported that the driver, identified as 31-year-old Charles Ivory Mays of Powell, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. When asked for his ID, Mays gave McCall in ID card from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and his insurance card. He told the officer that he did not have his service weapon with him at the time, and also stated, “I’ve had very little to drink but I’m OK.” Despite that claim, he performed “unsatisfactorily” on several field sobriety tests, and was taken into custody.

When officers searched the Equinox, they found Mays’ loaded service weapon on the driver’s side floorboard, as well as a half-empty bottle of whiskey on the passenger side, and an “open, crushed” beer can on the floorboard of the SUV.

Mays was taken into custody on charges of DUI (First offense), possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and violating the open container law, and was also cited for failure to exercise due care.

Anderson County Sheriff Russell Barker said Friday that Mays has been placed on unpaid administrative leave and has been given a notification of intent to terminate his employment with the ACSD, which he has seven days to appeal. That notice was given to him on Wednesday, November 13th, at which time he was also stripped of his badge, gun and ID. Mays has a total of 10 days from the notice of intent to appeal the decision to the county’s Civil Service Board. This morning, Barker said it was unclear if Mays planned to appeal, but we will keep you updated as developments warrant.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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