TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY
By John L. Ross
A London man facing an eight-count indictment was slated to appear in Laurel County Circuit Court Friday for a pretrial conference.
But he failed to show up.
Johnny R. Baker, 61, received an eight-count indictment for charges incurred Aug. 18.
The first count indicts him for first-degree fleeing or evading police after allegedly failing to obey law enforcement signals to stop his vehicle.
The second count indicts Baker for first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly forcing a law enforcement officer’s vehicle off the road, creating a danger of death or injury to the officer involved.
The third count also indicts him for first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly rammed a second officer’s cruiser during the alleged pursuit.
The fourth count indicts Baker for intent to defraud to obtain benefits less than $10,000 by allegedly knowingly and unlawfully possessing an EBT card issued to a female victim with the intent to defraud the SNAP benefit program.
The fifth count indicts him for his first offense of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. The sixth count indicts him for reckless driving.
Count seven indicts Baker for resisting arrest after allegedly preventing or attempting to prevent the officer from arresting him.
The eighth count indicts him for being a first-degree persistent felony offender after three previous convictions. The first of Baker’s convictions came in December 1996 in Laurel Circuit Court when he received a year-and-a-half sentence for receiving stolen property. The next two convictions came in December 2011 when he received a three-year sentence for flagrant non-support and an additional one-year sentence for first-degree bail jumping. Those sentences were served concurrently.
Baker was released from the Laurel County Correctional Center Oct. 1 on a $10,000 cash bond, according to JailTracker records.
In court on Friday his attorney, Stephen Jones, informed the court that although Baker was on home incarceration, the defendant allegedly removed his ankle bracelet and absconded.
Circuit Judge Henry Johnson issued an arrest warrant for Baker, with no bond. Baker’s case is slated for a status hearing Dec. 20.