Drug, DUI arrest made

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SALYERSVILLE – A Magoffin County man was arrested last week on drug charges after a traffic stop.

On Thursday, March 9 two Salyersville Police Department officers pulled over Thurman Jay Caudill, 39, of Old Lick Creek Road, on Parkway Drive at approximately 8 p.m. 

According to the arrest citation, Caudill gave officers Blake Isaac and Jeremiah Watson permission to search his vehicle, where they found a bag with two loaded needles in it. Isaac noted in police records that Caudill appeared to be intoxicated. 

Isaac also reported that Caudill had two and a half Neurontins in his pants pocket at the time of arrest, according to the arrest citation.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Haney performed a field sobriety test on Caudill and arrested him for driving under the influence. 

At press time, Caudill is currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, facing the charges in two separate court cases. 

In a felony case, Caudill is charged with illegal possession of legend drug, controlled substance prescription not in original container (first offense), and first-degree possession of a controlled substance – drug unspecified (first offense). 

In a misdemeanor case, Caudill is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, .08, aggravator (second offense); failure to wear seatbelts, failure to produce insurance card, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security (first offense); failure to register transfer of motor vehicle; no/expired Kentucky registration receipt drug paraphernalia – buy/possess; failure to or improper signal; and driving on DUI suspended license (first offense). 

Caudill is scheduled for preliminary hearings in the two cases for Monday, March 20 at 9:15 a.m. in Magoffin County District Court. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.