Judge throws out controversial Red Bank DUI case

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Updated: 10/21/2013 6:43 pm
RED BANK, Tennessee(WDEF) - After months of saying he was wrongly arrested for a controversial DUI charge, Thomas McQuiddy, 22, can finally smile now that a judge has thrown out his case.

McQuiddy was arrested back in early April by Red Bank police officer Mark Kaylor. It happened on Signal Mountain Road where McQuiddy was pulled over for speeding then asked to get out of the vehicle to perform a field sobriety test after Kaylor suspected McQuiddy was driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.

For months, McQuiddy maintained his innocence and even welcomed the outcome of blood results he said would clear his name. He recently appeared in court where a judge not only threw out his case but the cases of two other people arrested for DUI by officer Kaylor.

WDEF spoke to defense attorney Jerry Summers has represented numerous DUI defendants who were arrested by officer Kaylor.

"He's a pleasant fellow but I say he picks the apples when they're green which means if you got the odor of alcohol on your breath you're going to jail and he'll leave it up to the judge," Summers said.

WDEF also spoke to Red Bank police chief Tim Christol who stands behind officer Kaylor. The chief praised Kaylor for recently receiving a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award.

So far, Kaylor has 130 DUI arrest with an 81% conviction rate.

WDEF has been in contact with McQuiddy's girlfriend who said the two have relocated out of the Chattanooga metropolitan area since his arrest. He is moving on with his life and putting this incident far behind him.

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