July 1, 2013

Woman charged with wanton endangerment

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A woman indicted for multiple counts was arrested Tuesday after she led a police officer on a chase two weeks ago.

Bridget N. Caldwell, 29, of Elza Road in London, was indicted Friday on charges of fleeing and evading police, wanton endangerment, driving under the influence of intoxicants, being a persistent felony offender, and resisting arrest. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Laurel District Court on Tuesday morning.

According to the arrest report, Caldwell approached a traffic safety checkpoint on Ky. 3434 and Ky.. 3094 on June 15 just before 3 a.m. Rather than stopping, however, she drove through the parking lot of the A&B Quick Stop, at which time Kentucky State Police Sgt. Steve Walker and Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Walker noticed her rear license plate was not illuminated. But when they tried to stop Caldwell on the traffic violation, she traveled to Ky. 1227 (Slate Lick Church Road) and initiated a chase. Caldwell crossed Ky. 30 without stopping at a stop sign and went to Evans Road, turning onto Slate Lick Road, then on Dezarn Road before turning back on Ky. 1227. At that time, she lost control of the vehicle and drove into a ditch.

But the flight from police was not yet over for Caldwell, who exited her vehicle and tried to run until Deputy Walker apprehended her.

The report filed by Sgt. Steve Walker states Caldwell’s eyes were glassy and dilated and she exhibited slurred speech. She was allegedly anxious, talking constantly, yelling and cursing. Caldwell was combative and sobriety tests could not be conducted at that time.

Caldwell told police her psychiatrist  would not allow her to be held in jail because she was on multiple medications. However, she later stated she was on methamphetamine and cocaine and officers found four metal objects in her purse with burnt ends that the officers believed were used to clean pipes used to ingest controlled substances.

Even after arriving at the Laurel County Detention Center, Caldwell remained unyielding, refusing to get out of the police cruiser and wrestled with the officers as they tried to remove her, resulting in the officers having to physically remove her. Caldwell was taken to Saint Joseph London but again refused to submit to a blood test because she said she hated needles.

Caldwell was arrested by U.S. Marshall Warrant Task Force Officer and Detective Jason Back.