Tabbatha Nicole Etheridge

Tabbatha Nicole Etheridge

A man and woman from Lafayette were arrested following a recent disturbance at Lafayette City Hall.

Jacob Michael Newberry, 39, and Tabbatha Nicole Etheridge, 34, face multiple charges following the incident, which occurred on Dec. 27.

According to arrest reports, dispatch received a phone call from Lafayette City Hall stating that there was an irate customer there and that they needed an officer to be present.

Lafayette Police Officer Jason Sells responded along with other officers.

Sells saw a female with two children sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot before walking into Lafayette City Hall.

Once inside, Sells witnessed Newberry yelling in regard to a water bill and cursing as well. He was attempting to get water turned on at his home where he lives at with his girlfriend.

After he was asked to walk outside, officers noticed that Newberry's speech was slurred according to the arrest report, and there was a strong odor of alcohol.

Newberry said that his ride had left him, and he pointed to where the female and two children had been sitting.

Moments later, the female, Etheridge, was running toward the location where Newberry and the officers were. She was identified as the individual who was in the driver's seat of the car that was in the Lafayette City Hall parking lot when officers arrived.

Other officers observed Etheridge driving away from Lafayette City Hall. According to another arrest report, Etheridge left due to her boyfriend causing a disturbance inside.

Etheridge allegedly parked the vehicle and then returned on foot. The vehicle was discovered behind Alexander Funeral Home with the children -- an 11-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son -- inside.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Ashley Mercer witnessed an odor of alcohol coming from Etheridge and conducted three field sobriety tests on her that she was unable to perform properly.

There was an order granting bail on Newberry, and therefore, he was not supposed to be around Etheridge or the children.

He allegedly continued to yell and curse loudly and was unsteady on his feet, having difficulty maintaining his balance. Newberry was then arrested and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and a violation of an order of protection. His court date is slated for Jan. 15.

Etheridge was charged with child abuse and driving under the influence while using a commercial vehicle. Her bond was set at $3,500, and her court date is slated for Feb. 19.