PRESTONSBURG – Hot days certainly take a toll on bodies, but they can also test tempers. Many feel a little hotheaded when the mercury rises. In fact, hot and especially humid weather is known to be associated with increases in aggression and violence, as well as a lower general mood according to scientists. Maybe that explains the behavior recently encountered by police officers Ross Shurtleff and Zachary Mitchell when they met Angela M. Caudill (Prestonsburg) and Kenneth Boyd (Martin) during different incidents on Wednesday, April 27.
Caudill was in a custody dispute over her child that escalated into a hostile environment for the child and the police was called. The officer told Caudill to get out of the vehicle and she began to curse, at which time he attempted to remove her from the vehicle. Caudill kicked him in the belt line and smacked his right arm. Caudill began to scream in a rage. The officer issued a Taser and delivered one cycle, after which Caudill continued to refuse to get out of the vehicle. Following a second Taser cycle, she got out of the vehicle and was handcuffed. She was transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center to be evaluated and cleared for jail.
Caudill was charged with the following: improper display of registration plates, custodial interference, attempt custodial interference, assault – third degree against a police/probation officer, assault – fourth degree, assault – third degree police/probation officer, assault – fourth degree, disorderly conduct – second degree, resisting arrest, and menacing and wanton endangerment – second degree. Bail was set at $1,000 cash.
Another individual was charged with resisting arrest and assault – third degree against a police officer or probation officer in a separate incident. Kenneth Boyd, age 23, of Martin, was arrested April 27 when Mitchell conducted an investigative check on the gold Chevrolet believed to be occupied by Boyd. The officer stated he identified Boyd in the back seat of the vehicle, opened the door and told him to get out of the car that he was under arrest due to having two warrants. Boyd backed away from the officer and pulled away. The officer was able to put one handcuff on Boyd and he continued to resist and asked why he was under arrest. He then leaned back as far as he could. Boyd pulled away from the officer and kicked him in the shin with his foot and continued to resist. The officer was able to remove Boyd from the car with force and take control of the situation. Boyd was handcuffed and transported to the Floyd County Detention Center. He remains in jail with no bail set at this time.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.