KENTON — A Hardin County man was in critical condition Thursday evening five days after he was injured while officers were booking him on misdemeanor charges.
Timothy Caudill was at Lima Memorial Health System, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Caudill, 46, was injured as Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Holbrook and Kenton Police Officer Marc Coffman tried to get Caudill to comply as they were booking him at the Kenton Police Department on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Caudill is seen on a Police Department surveillance camera sitting with his hands cuffed behind his back as Coffman is talking to him. Holbrook joins Coffman to help him empty Caudill’s pockets.
The two officers stand Caudill up to place him against the wall to empty his pockets.
“That’s a little rough, gentlemen,” Caudill said.
Holbrook replied, “If you would do what you’re told to begin with we wouldn’t have to be even remotely rough.”
Caudill begins to struggle while Holbrook tries to keep him against the wall so Coffman can empty his pockets. Holbrook tells Caudill if he keeps struggling he will drop him to the floor.
“Drop me to the floor, I didn’t do anything,” Caudill replied.
Caudill continues to struggle telling the officers they will not find anything other than money.
Coffman tells Caudill to drop his knee but he continues to struggle. Holbrook kicks Caudill’s leg out from under him to trip him and take him down. Caudill falls fairly hard face first with his hands cuffed.
As soon as Caudill hits the floor he is knocked out. Blood is seen coming from his nose or mouth pooling on the floor. An officer calls for an ambulance. Emergency medical technicians arrive within minutes to take Caudill to the hospital.
The entire time Caudill is at the Police Department is captured on video.
Kenton Police Chief John Vermillion declined further comment on the actual incident saying the video speaks for itself and the matter is under investigation.
Caudill’s arrest Saturday began at 8 p.m. after Kenton police officers were called to Salsa’s Mexican Grill. Officers were called on an intoxicated man with a knife who was being disruptive. Caudill was found with a 9-inch straight knife sticking out of his back pocket, Vermillion said.
Caudill did not threaten anyone with the knife, Vermillion said.
Coffman arrested Caudill and found three cans of unopened beer on him, Vermillion said.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office is bringing in an outside agency to handle the investigation, Vermillion said.
“At this point we’re not looking at it as criminal. Not at this point until we have a clearer idea after reviewing statements and reports,” Vermillion said.
Coffman, who has more than 15 years on the Kenton department, has been assigned to desk duty while the matter is under investigation, Vermillion said. Holbrook’s status was unknown.
Vermillion said the incident was unfortunate and Caudill's intense level of intoxication — a doctor at Lima Memorial Health System told Kenton police investigators Caudill’s blood-alcohol concentration level was 0.42 percent, or six times the legal limit — contributed to the situation.
“In my opinion, he has gained such a high tolerance of alcohol an average person would have been either comatose or deceased,” Vermillion said.
The chief said Caudill was well known to officers and has a serious alcohol problem.
Caudill’s criminal history includes numerous alcohol crimes through the years including drunken driving, open container and intoxication. He also has been convicted of drug crimes, assault, resisting arrest, menacing and disorderly conduct, according to the Hardin County Municipal Court database that goes back to 1990.
State prison records show a man matching Caudill’s name with the identical birth date having been in prison three times. First in 1996 for trafficking drugs, second in 2001 for having a weapon under a court sanction and in 2006 for not paying child support. All cases were from Hardin County, a prison system spokeswoman said.