April 4, 2014

Intoxicated man arrested in courtroom

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer


While it is frequent that wanted persons turn themselves in to authorities at the Laurel Judicial Center, there are still occasions when courtroom arrests are made.

Such was the case on Monday afternoon when 24-year-old Adam Gray of Swan Pond Road in Barbourville was arrested for public intoxication of controlled substances.

Gray was in the Laurel Family Courtroom and was observed to be under the influence. Bailiff Cody Faulconer received a complaint and conducted an investigation, along with Laurel County Sheriff’s Lt. Chuck Johnson. After a field sobriety test was administered, it was determined Gray was indeed under the influence. Gray admitted to Faulconer that he had taken Suboxone before coming to court.

Gray was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center following his arrest, but was released on a $500 cash bond just before noon on Tuesday, April 1. He is set for a hearing in Laurel District Court on April 14.

Laurel/Knox Family Court Judge Durenda Lawson said arrests in the her court are rare, but there were two arrests made during the month of March. Lawson said she could not comment on specific cases in her court but commended the sheriff’s office — which oversees the courtroom bailiffs and court security officers — for their prompt response.

“They are always right there to handle anything that we need them for,” Lawson said. “They do a good job of keeping things under control.”